Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Andrew C. Geiger, 23, 315 W. Randolph St., Vandalia, was arrested on March 18 on a charge of criminal damage to property. Bond was $1,000.
    • Heather D. Ruhl, 33, 231 N. Jefferson St., Ramsey, was arrested on March 17 on a petition to revoke her probation. Bond was $15,000.
    • Wyatt D. Summann, 19, 1339 Mulberry Grove Road, Mulberry Grove, was arrested on March 17 for failure to appear in court on a charge of aggravated assault. Bond was $2,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 20
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at Brownstown High School.
    ✔ 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.

  • St. Paul pastor, congregation celebrating anniversary

    The community and members of the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church are celebrating the church’s 150th anniversary with three special Sunday afternoon services, which will include a meal at noon and a program before the 2 p.m. church service.

  • 35 years for Fickes

    A Vandalia man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his involvement in a methamphetamine-manufacturing operation.

  • City gets $100,000 state grant for cemetery building

    State Rep. John Cavaletto was on hand for Monday’s meeting of the Vandalia City Council, and he came bearing a gift.
    Cavaletto announced that the state would be releasing to the city $100,000 in grant funds.
    Those funds, which will be used to construct a new building for the city’s sexton, were obtained by Ron Stephens during his tenure as the state representative for this area, Cavaletto said.

  • Schwarm appointed to appellate court seat

    The resident circuit judge for Fayette County for the past two decades is Illinois’ newest appellate court judge.

  • Smith, Conder post primary wins

    Chris Smith and Vicky Conder earned ballot spots in November’s general election by posting wins in Tuesday’s primary election in Fayette County.

  • PHOTOS: Stars at Vandalia Bowl

      Recent accomplishments at Vandalia Bowl.

  • Family YMCA becomes a SilverSneakers facility to assist elderly

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County recently became a SilverSneakers facility.

    The SilverSneakers Fitness Program helps older adults take control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events.

    For more information about the program, visit www.silversneakers.com or contact the YMCA at 283-1258.