Today's News

  • Kaskaskia College

    New student orientation on main campus
    Kaskaskia College invites new students to attend new student orientation on the main campus.
    The free program is designed to introduce students to information and contacts important for a successful start of their college experience.
    Information about services, activities and classroom success strategies will be included. Students will be given resources they will be able to use throughout their time at KC. Students are encouraged to bring a family member with them.

  • Vandalia retirees to be honored May 1

    The Vandalia Board of Education will hold an appreciation dinner on Thursday, May 1, at Vandalia Junior High School.
    This year’s retirees being honored include:
    • Donna Cripe, Vandalia Jefferson Primary School principal.
    • Jacquelene Durr, Vandalia Community High School teacher.
    • Susanne Galloway, Vandalia Elementary School teacher.
    • Mike Hicks, district maintenance employee.
    • Duane Houghtaling, VES teacher.
    • Candy Konrad, JPS clerk.
    • Connie Lamb, JPS teacher.

  • Phi Theta Kappa at KC

    Kaskaskia College recently held a spring Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society induction.

  • Honor Rolls

    Third Quarter

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Rich Walker was re-elected mayor by a 2-1 margin over the nearest of four challengers. Incumbent Norma Cearlock defeated Marjorie Blythe for city clerk.
    Lori Payne was named Miss Kirksville (Mo.). The daughter of Marlene Payne of Vandalia and the late Elvin “Biz” Payne, the Northeast Missouri State university senior also won the best talent award for her snare drum and marimba piece. As Miss Kirksville, Payne competed in the Miss Missouri pageant.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Crystal Schulte and Amanda Cortelloni Miland.
    Identifying them were: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler: a metsipiss eses luftycifdi ni ryeev nutroptypoi; na miptotsi esse yiptopuntor ni vyere cydultifif.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • St. Paul Lutheran cemetery holds history

    This past Sunday, I attended the first of three events in celebration of the 150th year anniversary of the St. Paul Lutheran congregation in Wilberton Township.

  • Voice your opinion on Route 51 bypass

    If you were among the crowd of people milling around the huge maps spread on tabletops at last Wednesday’s public hearing on the route of the U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, you probably came to the conclusion that most of us did: That there is no perfect alternative for a bypass.
    There’s not even a good one.
    The reason is that regardless which route you choose, someone’s property is being compromised. Someone’s quality of life is being diminished.

  • Huntin' for Bargains

    The Ramsey Lions Club held its 53rd annual Ramsey Community Sale on Saturday, drawing hundreds of people from all over with thousands of consignment items.

    In the first photo, Ed Foley and Mark Siburt of Moweaqua look over a couple of old Ford tractors. In the second photo, Alva McDowell operates one of the auctioneering trucks on the Lions Park grounds for the sale.

  • Council OKs three roof repair projects


    Over the objection of one alderman, the Vandalia City Council approved repairs to roofs on three city buildings.