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Today's News

  • State tourism director praises local residents' contributions

    Despite its financial problems in recent years, Illinois is continuing to focus on attracting tourists to the state … and is experiencing success in that area, according to the state’s tourism director.

  • Ben Hur Club going strong after 115 years

    It has been documented that on October 25, 1901, a group of ladies in Ramsey that was seeking to “advance the knowledge of literature and promote the art of conversation” started a club that has endured as one of the longest standing women’s groups in Illinois.

  • Thank a veteran!

    One thing that most, if not all, of us will remember about the November 2016 general election, at all levels, is the lively discussion of candidates and their supporters, both in the media and on social media.
    And everyone can voice their opinions within the legal boundaries of libel and slander why? Because of those men and women who have given of themselves over the centuries.
    Freedom of speech is just one of the rights that we have because of our veterans, many of whom gave their lives in defense of the freedoms that all of us enjoy today.

  • Hale taught others during WWII

    “Oh, but I wasn’t in the fighting” was the response Aviation Chief Radio Technician Wayne Hale gave me when I told him he was the subject of my Veterans Day column.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted to pay $260,000 for 26.08 acres of land east of Owens-Brockway and south of John Crane, with plans to give part of that land to Signature Label to retain the local industry.
    The Vandalia Community High School band and band instructor Sean Reed-Bippen, went to the Vandalia Moose Lodge to record their halftime show for a compact disc. VCHS was one of seven schools chosen for the CD.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl, pictured as a seventh-grader at Evans School 64 years ago at the age of 13, has lived in and around Vandalia for 77 years.

    Do you know her? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's photo: Janet Sue Betcher.
    Identifying her were: Lou and Martha Turner.
    This week’s Scrambler: snitis no eofsylru; enrev tmeitai.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas is this weekend

    The holiday season kicks off in Vandalia this weekend with the annual Olde Tyme Christmas observance.

  • Two TIF grants, one double recommended amount

    The Vandalia City Council approved two Tax Increment Financing contributions on Monday, doubling the amount recommended by the city’s TIF advisory committee for one of those projects.
    Austin Holdings Group Inc. is taking on a major renovation of the building at 112 N. Sixth St., the former home of he Eagles Club, with plans to use that building for a sports bar/restaurant.

  • Burger King out, Kate's Place in

    The Vandalia City Council held on Monday a first reading for two applications for liquor licenses that would allow video gaming, one of which would represent a major change at a business on the city’s north side.
    Teutopolis-based Meyer Oil Co. has applied for a Class A license, and Randy Meyer told city officials that video gaming would be housed in the space currently occupied by Burger King.