Today's News

  • Vandalia native named to USA team for world contest

    Vandalia native Josie Barnes has been named to the United States team for the World Championship in Las Vegas, Nev., in November.

  • JV Now 7-0

    The junior varsity Vandals remained undefeated with a 28-8 win over Carlinville on Monday night.

  • Early mistakes spell doom for Vandals

    A strong second-effort wasn’t enough for the Vandals to overcome an early lead built up by the leading team in the South Central Conference on Friday night in Carlinville.

  • Birth

    Ava Lenore Garner
    Brianne and Jason Garner of Rome, N.Y., are the parents of a girl born at 11:23 a.m. on June 8, 2017, at Rome Memorial Hospital.

    Ava Lenore weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long. She has a sister, Natalie, age 2.
    Maternal grandparents are Krystal and Greg Hohlt, and Ed and Kim Taylor, both of Vandalia. Paternal grandparents are Alan and Janet Garner of Lone Tree, Colo.
    Great-grandparents are Tom Brown, Ed and Donna Taylor, and Jeanne Hohlt.

  • Signup for Lighthouse 5K, walk now under way

    A 5K/Walk-4-Life will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Deken Park in St. Elmo as a fundraising event for Lighthouse Pregnancy & Health Services, 1703 W. Fletcher St., Vandalia.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and a pre-event rally featuring Luke Hohlt, South Central Illinois Director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at 8:30 a.m.
    The 5K run starts at 9 a.m., and the two-mile walk begins at 9:05 a.m.

  • We Apologize

    In the September 28 issue of The Leader-Union, it was incorrectly stated that Thomas J. McCall had been manufacturing methamphetamine; he was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth with the intent to deliver, unlawful use of property “to help bring a violation of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act”; and unlawful possession of cannabis.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Anthony D. Bolyard, 28, 420 E. 1390 St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 10 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond information was listed.
    • Rojelio A. Garcia, 31, Winton, Calif., was arrested on Oct. 10 on a charge of delivery of cannabis, 10-30 grams. Bond was $100,000.
    • Brent T. Weischedel, 26, 525 E. 3200 Ave., Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 10 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Darrell W. Gann, 38, 125 E. Third St., Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 9 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 12

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department is holding flu clinics from 10 a.m.-noon at the American Legion Community Center in Farina and from 1:15-3:15 p.m. at St. Peter Village Hall.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 will meet at Legion Home in Vandalia, with the executive board meeting at 5:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6 p.m.

  • No new CRP offers for now

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program, and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.
    “All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through Sept. 30, 2017 – except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative (CP42) – will be approved,” Steven J. Peterson, acting Farm Service Agency administrator, said.

  • Haunted house opens Friday

    This year’s edition of the haunted house provided by the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff makes its debut this weekend.