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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were reared on a farm in Shafter. The brother still lives on the farm, and the sister lives in Vandalia and has a son.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's photo: Ed and Tom Grubaugh.
    Identifying her were: Ed
    This week’s Scrambler: tavictriye mseadnd eorm anth a dogo eida.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Wait first proposed rail line

    William S. Wait was a visionary who died before he could see his vision become a reality.
    As far back as 1835, Wait, of Greenville, was thinking of a rail line stretching across Illinois, from Terre Haute to St. Louis, linking Greenville to both Eastern and Western markets.

  • New feature at Little Community Garden

    Vandalia Little Community Garden has a new feature this year ­ an area designated as “The Educational Garden.”

    That new area has been created through local gardeners’ creativity, commitment and desire to make the garden an attractive, pleasant and serene place to visit. It’s also their love of gardening and just plain willingness to dig in the dirt, plant, weed and do whatever else is necessary to turn out the delicious fruits and vegetables to put on kitchen and dining tables.

  • First Day of School

    Kanon Schaal does not seem to be excited about being photographed on his first day of pre-kindergarten at Vandalia Elementary School.

  • Good marks given for registration

    Vandalia’s superintendent of schools told school board members on Tuesday that the district’s new format for registering students, for the most part, “went very smooth.”
    That new format called for parents to preregister their students online, then show up on registration day to pay fees and pick up their children’s schedules.

  • Demolition started on Wednesday

    Demolition work on three buildings at the main intersection of Vandalia’s downtown business district got under way on Wednesday.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 20

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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.

  • Engineers: Buildings need to come down

    The second opinion is the same as the first – three buildings at Vandalia's main downtown interection need to be demolished.

    Vandalia officials received on Thursday a written report in which structural engineers Dave Clark and Mike Vandergast gave the findings of their inspection of buildings at 501, 503 and 507 W. Gallatin Street on Monday.

    The engineers with ESI Consultants LTD. in Charleston said that the buildings should "be demolished as safely and expeditiously as possible."

  • Fehren built that building

    When I heard the news Monday of the collapse of the roof of a building located on the 500 block of Gallatin Street I had trouble in my minding figuring out where this was. Had the reporter mentioned the Pitkin building or the name of Mathias Fehren, my mind would have zeroed in on the correct building, but those names are ancient history.