.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • FNB has scholarships, loan available

    First National Bank Trust Department is now accepting applications for scholarships.
    Numerous scholarships are available, and all applications must be postmarked no later than April 1.
    Also available to Fayette County students through the First National Bank is an interest-free loan funded by the Ella McKee Foundation.
    Those interested in applying for scholarships or a loan should contact the First National Bank Trust Department or call 283-5224.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Steve Jerden uploaded this photo of the ceremony for the unveiling of the Madonna of the Trail statue in front of the Vandalia Statehouse in 1928.

  • Gas contract good for city

    As gas prices continue to drop to levels not seen in a number of years, you think about all the extra pennies that you're keeping in your pockets. Just think how excited those who purchase thousands and thousands of gallons of fuel must feel.
    Add the city of Vandalia to that list, after the city council voted on Monday to ink a contract with South Central FS for its gas and diesel purchases.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler: sroyuicuti liwl qenocru reaf nvee rmeo naht rvayber.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: An unexamined life is not worth living.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Joe Martin, Fayette County Cooperative Extension adviser in agriculture, told an Agronomy Day crowd that he was leaving that position as of Feb. 9 to begin work as land manager for Alcoa Aluminum in Newburgh, Ind. Because of a university-wide hiring freeze at the University of Illinois, his position would not be filled for at least a year.
    Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team at the Olney Mid-Winter Classic. Vandalia went 0-5 in the tournament.

  • Graumenz creates variety of wood items

    Gary D. Graumenz began working with wood when he was just 10 years old, and has become so proficient at the art that he can build anything by looking at a picture of it. He also has the ingenuity, talent and skill to design and build original and workable objects such as a child’s tractor that can be ridden and operated by a child and a wagon to pull behind it.

    A Chip Off the Old Block

  • Seeking a city administrator

    The city of Vandalia has begun its search for a city administrator, and three individuals have already expressed an interest in the job.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the job has been posted statewide through the Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Department of Councils and the Illinois City and County Managers.
    Gottman said that he had begun posting the job more than two weeks ago, and that he has already received three resumés. The city will receive resumés through March 28, he said.

  • Changes in Extension

    A new person in the director’s chair is not the only change at the University of Illinois Extension office in Fayette County.

  • JPS students moving to VES, VJHS

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday a plan to move most students from Jefferson Primary School to two other buildings in the district.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 22

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on U.S. Route 51 in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.