Today's News

  • 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.

  • Republicans win contested races

    Tuesday could be called Red Tuesday, with Republicans posting wins across the United States at all levels. Fayette County was part of that trend, with Republicans winning all contested races.

  • Pedestrian hit, killed in Saturday accident

    A St. Elmo man sustained fatal injuries while walking along U.S. Route 40 just west of St. Elmo early Saturday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Gregory B. Stoner, 50, had crashed his vehicle in a private driveway and was walking west in the driving lane of Route 40 when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Ashley N. Lakin, 22, of Brownstown.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, the accident occurred shortly after 3 a.m., and Stoner was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:56 a.m.

  • Cannabis seized as part of traffic detail on I-70

    With mutual aid assistance from a number of police agencies in the area, the Fayette County Sheriff’s office conducted a traffic safety campaign along Interstate last Wednesday.