Today's News

  • School foundation is starting Distinguished Alumni Award

    The Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation is searching for nominees for its inaugural year of presenting annual Distinguished Alumni Awards.
    The inaugural winners will be awarded their plaques at the Alumni Banquet on Sept. 27, and a plaque will be placed in the high school.
    Criteria for candidates include:
    • Graduated from Vandalia High School.
    • Graduated at least 20 years prior to nomination.
    • Have made outstanding accomplishments in his or her profession.

  • KC will hold open house in Vandalia

    Kaskaskia College will hold an open house at the Vandalia Campus next Wednesday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    A light lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and refreshments will be served all day.
    Tours will be provided and residents are encouraged to stop by and meet the staff of the Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 W. Fillmore St.
    Financial aid specialists will be on campus to assist with the 2014-2015 FAFSA application, and academic advising will be available for both summer and fall classes.

  • VCHS play is this weekend

    This year's play at Vandalia Community High School, "The Mouse that Roared," will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the VCHS gym.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, shown about 60 years ago, grew up in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dr. Hans Rollinger was honored for 30 years as a practicing physician.
    Ramsey’s eighth grade girls volleyball team took third in the state, finishing the season with a 21-1 record.
    Cindy Harrison, Brian Kern and Michelle Osborne were named to Mid-State all-conference basketball teams.

    30 Years Ago

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 150th

    In the mid-1850s, the Illinois Central Railroad had been granted 28 square miles in Fayette County for construction of its north-south line from Cairo to Chicago. Once construction was complete, they were to return any land to the state not needed to build the rail line. Instead, they put it up for sale.

  • Citizen input is vital in decisions

    Two significant meetings, dealing with topics that are important to our community, are coming up. Each  should attract significant crowds, so citizens can participate in decisions that will have long-term impacts on the quality of life in Vandalia.
    The first is next Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education. This meeting, typically, is the one at which program and position cuts are voted on. And it looks like more of each are likely.

  • Post-Prom Roadblock

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday as Vandalia Community High School, Post-Prom Parents Roadblock Day.

    With Gottman is a Lisa Brown, a VCHS parent on the post-prom committee.

  • News Brief

    Business expo slated for April

    The local chapter of a business networking organization will be sponsoring a business expo at the Vandalia Elementary School gymnasium on Saturday, April 12.
    The expo, which runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., will include booths prepared by members of BNI Network Masters from Vandalia and Greenville.
    Admission is free. Members of the Vandalia Community High School FFA chapter will provide food and beverages.

  • We Apologize

    The March 13 issue of The Leader-Union included a story on Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray’s program at this month’s Vandalia Chamber of Commerce meeting. That story included some incorrect numbers about cases handled by the department in 2013.
    The numbers should have  been 179 thefts and 864 traffic stops.
    Also, the department has six telecommunicators – four full-time and two part-time.
    We apologize for the errors.