Today's News

  • Golfers to open season at EAWR

    The Vandalia golf team will once again open its season at the Hickory Stick Invitational in East Alton-Wood River.

    The Vandals will travel to EAWR on Monday at 10 a.m. for the 18-hole tournament.

    Last season, Vandalia placed seventh, shooting a 373 and finishing 38 strokes off of the lead.

    Senior Zach Schaal shot a round of 88 to lead the Vandals last year, and sophomore Richie Well followed with a 90 at Belk Park Golf Course. Senior Jake Bowen shot a 101.

    As sophomores, Schaal shot an 89 and Bowen shot a 98.

  • Ninja Turtles Visit Starmax

    The Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles made their second visit to Vandalia within a month, showing up on Saturday at Starmax Cinemas on Mattes Avenue to meet with local children.

  • Blythe defends Saluki tennis title

    Vandalia Community High School junior Hannah Blythe successfully defended her title in the Girls 16 Division of the annual Saluki Adult/Junior Open in Carbondale.

    Blythe knocked off Reagan Ridgway, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals, before defeating Sofia DiBiase, 6-0, 6-0, in the finals.

    It was Blythe's second tournament championship of the summer.

    She also earned the title at the Frog Island Junior Open in Flora.

    Her father, Bill, also participated in the Saluki Open, finishing second in the Men's 45 Division.

  • PHOTO: Mulberry Grove Shooting Aces Win Championship

    Mulberry Grove Shooting Aces won Championship Squad/Sub-Jr. Class A team championship in the Grand National Singles Championship at the World Shooting Recreational Complex in Sparta on Aug. 5.

  • Business Briefs

    Leader-Union wins two awards in IPA

    The Leader-Union won two awards in the annual contest conducted by the Illinois Press Association.
    The first award was a second place in the photo series category for a photo page on the fundraising concert performed by the Vandalia Community High School Band in early 2013. Publisher Dave Bell shot the photos and Managing Editor Rich Bauer did the layout for the page.

  • New Manager at Huddle House

    Bob Dilley, the new manager of the Huddle House restaurant in Vandalia, has been around the block in the food service industry.

  • Red Door Ribbon-Cutting

    The Red Door resale shop recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location at 610 W. Gallatin St. in downtown Vandalia.

    Formerly located in the 200 block of North Fifth Street, the store now has more room to display its clothing, handmade crafts and art, and household items. The business is owned by Carrie Tomlinson and Kelly Eyman.

  • Chamber members hear about business incubator

    Steve Groner, director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Kaskaskia College, spoke at last week's monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Frogtown News

    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter and grandchildren Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., rented a cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Friday through Sunday.
    On Saturday, they visited Dollywood. On Sunday, they went into Gatlinburg and visited Ripley’s Aquarium.
    Sunday evening, they attended the Dixie Stampede show, and later visited with performer Dusti Crain, a native of this area. They all returned home on Monday.
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 174.
    Rita Yagow was the organist.

  • HCE members contribute to the fair

    The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board met on Monday, July 28, at the Fayette County Extension Office in Vandalia.
    The club president, Flo Allen, called the meeting to order and led the pledge to the American flag.   
    Secretary Joyce Mueller read the minutes and took the roll call, with nine members responding: Present were: Sefton Unit-Flo Allen, Shirley Klitzing and Panzi Blackwell; St. Elmo-Anna Jean Rhodes; Vandalia Day-Carol Bridges, Ashley Davis, Joyce Mueller and Debbie Segrest: and Wheatland-Karen Hyde.