Today's News

  • Two more Freight players enter HOF

    Two members of the local fastpitch softball team that won two national championships joined four other members of that team in the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame on Saturday.
    Marty Cloe and Brad Sturdy were inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining teammates Rich Well, Nick Casey, Alan Meinhart and Bob Nagel. The Freight is also in the Hall of Fame.
    Cloe, from a family of fastpitch hurlers from Pana, appeared in 248 games with the Freight, compiling a record of 166-45. Also a designated hitter, he batted .313 for the local team.

  • All-Star Game Honors
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia Police Department dispatcher Christy Brown and Richard Winters of Greenville split a $16,000 reward for information they gave that helped police capture murderer Kelly McGinnis of Greenville.
    Ruth Lape of Vandalia was celebrating her 90th birthday.
    Marc Sikma of Vandalia moved on to the finals of the Country Companies’ Three-Point Showdown.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: George “Herb” Dieckmann.
    Identifying him were: Ivalee Stine Herrin, Joyce Mueller and Harold Baumann.
    This week’s Scrambler: adeurcnen si etciepna tencdoatercn.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

  • The story of Alexander Field

    In the early years when the governor lived in Vandalia, our city was home to many men of importance.

  • Schools fighting tough battle with the state

    For several years, school districts throughout the state have been fighting for a more-appropriate funding formula, one that benefits downstate schools as much as those more wealthier ones up north. Last week, 17 districts – including Vandalia's – took that fight to another level, filing a lawsuit.
    The suit claims that while the state continues to set higher standards for the districts, it doesn't provide the necessary funding to meet those standards.

  • Ann Stock is speaker at fourth Lenten Luncheon

    Ann Stock of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church spoke at the fourth Lenten Luncheon held by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance, held at Mother of Dolors.

  • Funding fight continues

    Seventeen school districts in the state have joined together to work for school funding reform, and the Vandalia School District leadership is a key player.
    As part of that effort, the Vandalia district is among 17 in the state to file a lawsuit against the state, governor and Illinois State Board of Education last week.
    The filing of that suit comes at a time when school districts in the state are struggling to make ends meet because they are not receiving all of the funds that the state owes them.

  • Serving at-risk students

    “Very few kids ever testify in front of a legislative committee, and our kids have testified before a legislative committee.”