Today's News

  • Vandalia brings home three first-place medals


  • Banks of the Okaw

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    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: niogtainaim si eomr tponarimt atnh egnoedwlk.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
    Unscrambling it were: RuthAnn Garrison, Larry Cable, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Cy and Lorene Locke, Elizabeth Kasten, Diana Roe, Carolyn Maske, Andrew Crosswait, and Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – A little more than 200 people took advantage of a hazardous home waste collection program offered at South Central FS in Vandalia.
    Clint Benhoff and Tim Worker of Ramsey were on the baseball squad at Lake Land College.
    Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nattier of Patoka were making plans to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The history of Masons in Vandalia

    “The first lodge of the Masons in Vandalia was chartered October 8, 1822 as Vandalia Lodge No. 8 with then Governor of the state, Shadrach Bond, elected M.W. Grand Master. This Grand Lodge held all its annual communications in Vandalia until 1828, when all was a blank until 1835 due to persecution.”

  • A chance to help those with cancer

    Earlier this month, we told you about a fund that has been established to help local residents who are battling cancer.  Next week, you will have a chance to join with those who are working to build up that fund.
    A meeting of the Fayette County Cancer Fund is being held at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in the Fayette County Hospital conference room. That meeting is open to the public, and we ask you to consider attending that meeting.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jerry Alsbury, 24, 1700 W. Randolph St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 28 on a charge of domestic battery. He was being held for the Illinois Department of Corrections.
    • Jackie L. Snider, 37, 1574 N. 1090 St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 28 on charges of failure to register as a sex offender, possession of a vicious dog by a felon and aggravated cruelty to animals. Bond was $5,000.
    • Jena L. Longwell, 26, 106 E. Sixth St., Bingham, was arrested on March 28 on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 31

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, April 1

    ✔ Brookstone Estates, 1607 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, will hold a pinochle tournament at 1:30 p.m. The tournament is open to the public, and the entry fee is $5. For more information, call 283-9825.

  • Schumacher final Lenten Luncheon speaker

    The sixth Lenten Luncheon was held at the Unity Baptist Church, with Al Schumacher presenting the last Lenten message of this year and proposing a challenging – but very good – suggestion.

  • Prosecution halted in Maness meth case

    A Ramsey man who is charged with two methamphetamine offenses saw those charges dropped on Tuesday morning, but not in the manner in which he was requesting.