Today's News

  • Help two groups helping Vandalia

    Last Thursday, two groups whose work can greatly benefit Vandalia got together to discuss some ways to do that. One organization is new, and the other is a long-standing group that is going through a revitalization.
    New officers for the Vandalia Historical Society at its meeting at the Little Brick House, one of our historical assets that the group is tring to promote.

  • Perry Davis was a local man of firsts

    Perry Rollin Davis was born in Sefton Township, Fayette County, on the same land first settled by his grandfather, Henry L. Davis, a native of Pennsylvania who was here as early as Feb. 15, 1845.
    Perry was the seventh child of the Rev. Mark Pinkley and Margaret Almyra Pittman Davis and is remembered as a progressive thinker.
    It seems he may have inherited some of this from his grandfather, Henry, who was the first merchant in Sefton Township. He was also a veteran of the Black Hawk War of 1832 in Northern Illinois.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Jeff and Jennifer Hester of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The Rev. Reinhold and Mary Dierks were also celebrating their silver anniversary.
    Albert and Violet Johnstone of rural Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik gave support for a new juvenile detention center in Southern Illinois.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: aenrnocig si tno silsb, ti si ibovlnio.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Creativity has a lot to do with a willingness to take risks.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry Cable, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Andrew Crosswait, Ruth Ann Garrison, Melinda Garrison, LaTisha Paslay, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, Judy Elder, DeeDee Diveley, Cy and Lorene Locke, and Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar.

  • Kaskaskia hosting summer tennis camps

    Kaskaskia College is hosting two tennis camps on July 25 and 26.
    The first camp will be coed for grades 5-8 and will held from 9:30-11 a.m. on both days. A second camp for high school students, will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on the same days.
    The cost for each camp is $35 and includes a camp T-shirt.
    KC tennis coaches Joe Basch and Joe Livesay will instruct the camp. They will be giving individual instruction on the fundamentals of the game. Students are instructed to meet at the KC tennis courts and take a tennis raquet and water.

  • Fayette County Speedway (June 11 results)

    HEAT 1
    1.    96 TANNER ENGLISH
    2.    1S RICK SALTER
    4.    4 JASON SUHRE
    HEAT 2
    1.    30 MARK VOIGT
    2.    71 TRACE WESTLING
    3.    1 JIM MOON
    4.    22 DAN JOKOBER
    1.    96 TANNER ENGLISH
    2.    1S RICK SALTER
    3.    30 MARK VOIGT

  • And end and a new beginning: VanScyoc returns home as coach, athletic director


  • And end and a new beginning: Simmons reflects on career at South Central


  • Vandalia sweeps doubleheader, prepares for tournament play