Today's News

  • The Union is 150 years old; let the celebration begin

    One hundred and fifty years ago this week, H.S. Humphrey took a step of faith and launched The Vandalia Union.
    The date was April 16, 1864. The war between the states was droning on, and the carnage was building.
    President Abraham Lincoln would be re-elected to a second term that fall.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Industrial Development Coordinator Todd Thoman resigned to accept a job as assistant director of marketing and economic development in Pekin.
    WPMB-WKRV’s Home Show attracted 2,700 people.
    Women of Distinction awards were presented by Soroptimist International of Vandalia to Erma Gibbons, the late Hazel Berlin, Gail Tish, Helen Barr, Violet Berry, Florence Eakin, Kathryn Brooks and Harriet Snyder.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken several years ago, shows several members of the Leo Brown Lumber bowling team that won first place in the bowling league.

  • Alonzo Matherly was a newspaper man

    At the time I attended Emmy Hackleman’s auction a few years ago, I didn’t know of a family connection between Emmy’s deceased husband, Charles, and Alonzo “Lon” Matherly, a former owner of The Vandalia Union newspaper.

  • County pay plan a good beginning

    Though it represents only a small step on the road to fiscal responsibility, the county board’s adoption last Thursday of a new pay schedule for four county officers is, indeed, a step in the right direction.
    The revised salary schedule applies to the offices of county clerk & recorder, county treasurer, supervisor of assessments and county sheriff.

  • School board releases eight coaches

    At the end of a 35-minute meeting – nearly half of which was spent in executive session – the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday honorably discharged eight non-teaching coaches.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Steve M. Swofford, 44, 1314 W. Johnson St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 14 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $500 cash.
    • Justin R. Kellermann, 25, 206 N. First St., Brownstown, was arrested on April 14 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Raymond H. Feltner, 22, 511 S. Tower St., Brownstown, was arrested on April 14 on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $5,000.

  • News Briefs

    Band Boosters' garage sale is Saturday
    The Vandalia Band Boosters will hold their second annual Huge Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    The boosters are again asking for donations for this event. They may be dropped off at the Moose from noon-6 p.m. next Thursday and Friday.
    For more information, or assistance with transporting items to the Moose Lodge, contact Ken Torbeck at NAPA Auto Parts, 283-3053.
    All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Vandalia Schools band program.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 10

    ✔ 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.

  • Philbrick talks at last Lenten Luncheon

    Walter Philbrick was born in New Hampshire, moved to Minnesota with the company for which he was employed, and more recently, retired and moved to Vandalia, where his son, Matt Philbrick, is youth minister at First Baptist Church and Matt’s wife, Jenn, is employed at The Leader-Union.