Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Shirley Hoyle Lacey.
    Identifying her were: Carole Mitchell, Janet Lach, Carolyn Sasse, Jeanette Dippold and Doris Young.
    This week’s Scrambler: uro tpisaoirsna ear rou isbsipeosilti.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Experience is the name we give our mistakes.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council accepted the resignation of Jeanne Gustafson, who had headed up the city’s economic development efforts for the previous 6½ years. Gustafson accepted a similar job in Mt. Vernon.
    Vandalia Correctional Center Warden Mike Baker reported that the construction of a new work camp at VCC was “moving right along.” The work camp was to house 400 minimum-security beds and employ 155 staff members.
    Albert and Rena Torbeck were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Voting aid for elderly, disabled available

    Under the federal Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act, assistance  for the elderly and disabled voters is available through the Fayette County Clerk-Election Authority’s Office.
    Public notice is further given of the availability of registration and voting aids under the Federal Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, of the availability of assistance in marking the ballot, procedures for voting by absentee ballot and procedures for voting early by personal appearance.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • John M. Doyle, 39, 1043 U.S. Highway 51, Shobonier, was arrested on Jan. 25 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $25,000.
    • Charles Gifford, 33, Sorento, was arrested on Jan. 25 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Rose A. Woolsey, 27, 530 S. Fifth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Jan. 25 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 28

    ✔ 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.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Sutherland gets to know MLK, Foxx

    With the commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King this week, I remembered reading of a Fayette County connection to this early leader in the civil rights movement.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – At its annual banquet, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Paul Zeman and “Beeb” and Billye Staff.
    Raymond and Betty Reiss of St. Peter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    25 Years Ago

    1991 – Hundreds of people attended a patriotic rally Saturday night in the South Central High School gym in Farina in support of local servicemen in the Middle East.
    If approved, Vandalia was to receive $75,000 in federal funds for work on Coles Street.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This woman grew up in the Ramsey area in a family of seven girls and two boys.