Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Several thousand people braved the heat to attend the Grande Levée. One of the most popular attractions was Abe Lincoln presenter Joseph Woodard of Greenup
    Alpha Mu sorority sponsored a three-day babysitting clinic for 28 area children.
    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a 5-percent pay hike for administrators.
    Peg Williams and Dave Bell were the top female and male finishers in the Grande Levée 5-K run.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    In last week’s photo was: Jane Langston
    Identifying her was: Sherry Dunahee.
    This week’s Scrambler: tivaryetic sah a tol ot od hiwt a nigsenslwil ot kaet siksr.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Instinct is untaught ability.

  • School board OKs amended budget

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved on Tuesday an amended budget that reflects, among other things, building projects associated with the relocation of some of the district’s younger students.
    The amended budget, as presented by district Business Manager Lori Meseke, includes renovations made to Vandalia Elementary School and Vandalia Junior High School, as well as the construction of a new maintenance building.

  • Vandalia hosting Law Dogs this weekend

    For the second time in two months, Vandalia is hosting an organization’s national gathering.

  • City working to solve water leak

    The city of Vandalia has asked for assistance from its consulting engineers is trying to take care of a water leak.
    And the mayor has asked the engineers to have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take the city’s issue into consideration as they decide on the release of water from Lake Shelbyville.
    Marty Huskey, the city’s water plant superintendent, told the city council on Monday that they have been using purple dye in an attempt to find the leak, and believe it is between the city’s water and sewer plants.

  • Panhandling law stands

    Alderwoman Dorothy Crawford told other members of the Vandalia City Council on Monday that she realized after voting with them two weeks ago to OK a new panhandling ordinance that she made a mistake.
    But the other seven aldermen declined her request to reconsider the approval of that ordinance.
    Crawford asked to have the ordinance voted on again, saying that after it was approved at the June 1 meeting, and after talking to some individuals, she arrived at the thinking that the ordinance “was not given the discussion it really warranted.”

  • Remembering Their Service
  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:
    Michael Lawrence Sturgeon
    Janet Sue Loggins
    Charles Lee Feltner Sr.
    Judith Ann Gursky
    Jon Robert Hamburg
    Derick Wade Warner
    David Edward Whaley
    Lisa Ann Young
    Darrel Wayne Richards

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Ronald L. Henderson, 39, 810 N. 800, Shobonier, turned himself in on a Washington County warrant on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $30,000.
    • Alex H. Oakley, 21, 128 E. Birch, Brownstown, was arrested on June 15 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,500.
    • Kala R. McMain, 26, Effingham, was arrested on June 14 on charges of possession of cannabis and possession of methamphetamine. Bond was $10,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 18

    ✔ The South Central Illinois Law Dogs are hosting the three-day national Law Dogs rally in Vandalia through Saturday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.