Today's News

  • Field of Dreams meeting moved to Tuesday, March 2

    The monthly Field of Dreams meeting has been moved to Tuesday March 2 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

    All are welcome to attend.

  • Question prompts look at county schools

    An internet query from Jane Cox, a Leader-Union reader, is the impetus for this column. Jane wanted to know if a list of county schools was available, along with information about those still standing. 

    The answer is “yes.”

  • Vandals move on to regional championship, will play Pana on Friday

    Vandalia used a late fourth quarter comeback to defeat Hillsboro, 55-51, on Wednesday night. The Vandals hit 13 of 17 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter and Marty Johnson knocked down a three-pointer to fuel the late rally.

    Vandalia will play Pana on Friday at 7:30 p.m. It has split meetings against Pana this season. Last Saturday the Vandals fell to Pana 77-67. Earlier in the month Vandalia won at home, 57-39.

  • Chamber meeting is Wednesday

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.


    The meeting includes a noon luncheon, followed by a business meeting and a program. This month's program is Desiree Bennyhoff, communications director of the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, speaking on the Member to Member Privilege Program.

  • Vandals fall to Pana in regional championship

    Vandalia lost to Pana in the regional championship on Friday night, 48-45. Marty Johnson had 22 points for the Vandals.

    Leading by four with 3:17 remaining, Vandalia missed key free throws down the stretch and were outscored 7-0 to fall to the Panthers.

    Vandalia ends the season 17-13 overall and is the South Central Conference champion with a record of 11-2.

  • Fire destroys four businesses

    Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire early Tuesday morning that destroyed four buildings in downtown Vandalia.

    Cages, Donaldson Carpet, Gathe’s Tax and Accounting Service, and Dennis Gerkin’s State Farm Insurance Agency were destroyed in that blaze, which kept Vandalia firemen busy through much of the day.

    Two investigators with the Office of the State Fire Marshal visited the scene on Tuesday, and a determination on the cause had not been made by press time on Wednesday.

  • How to reach Donaldson's Carpet, Gathe's Tax & Accounting, Gerkin's State Farm & Vandalia GMAC Real Estate

    Donaldson's Carpet



    Gathe's Tax & Accounting


    292-5329, 292-7067


    Gerkin's State Farm




    Vandalia GMAC Real Estate



  • Pyle takes third at state

    Late Saturday afternoon, as wrestling fans returned to Assembly Hall following an intermission before the third-place matches in the individual state tournament, Vandalia had just one wrestler left, out of the five who had made the trip to Champaign to compete.

    The other four wrestlers had lost out earlier in the day or during the Friday sessions. Sophomore Trever Pyle was the last man standing.

  • Response to fire will be watched

    For the owners and employees of six downtown Vandalia businesses, the world changed early Tuesday morning.

    A fire that swept through Cages, Donaldson’s Carpet, Gathe’s Tax & Accounting and Gerkin Insurance Agency has left a darkened scar in the 300 block of Gallatin Street, directly across the street from the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Phantom part of the sheriff's office team

    The word “phantom” can be defined as an apparition or an illusion. However, if a lawbreaker would come face-to-face with “Phantom,” the German shepherd who is a member of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s team, the perpetrator would have no illusion about Phantom’s size, strength and abilities to carry out his trained skills and duties in order to keep the Fayette County citizens and environment safe.