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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken of Augsburg Lutheran School in 1971, shows students in grades 1-4. Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Mike Baker, a former assistant warden at the Vandalia Correctional Center, was appointed to the warden’s post at VCC by the Illinois Department of Corrections. Austin Randolph Jr. was named assistant warden of operations.
    The Vandalia Lady Vandals defeated state-ranked Breese Mater Dei, 49-45, recording their first win over that school in girls basketball.
    Dannon Cole of Vandalia was given honorable mention honors as an NAIA Division II All-American. He was a defensive back at Greenville College.

  • Capps brothers were business leaders

    Ebenezer Capps was one of the best known men to live in Vandalia during the capital years.

  • Flowers, Lindberg deserving of Abes

    Each year, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presents a pair of Abe Awards. And most years, the announcement of the recipients elicits the same reaction: “It’s about time they were recognized for all the things they have done.”
    This year’s honorees – Tony Flowers and Bob Lindberg – fit that pattern. They’ve both toiled for years, sometimes in obscurity and sometimes in the spotlight, but always working for the good of others.

  • News Briefs

    Storm Spotters class on Feb. 6

    A free Storm Spotters class will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Department in Vandalia.

    Earthquake drill set for Feb. 7

    The largest earthquake drill in the history of the central United States will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Local participants may register for the drill by calling 283-1044 and asking for Kiley, or by e-mail, fcesda@yahoo.com.

    SAFE still has cheeseballs available

  • Association touts value of SWCD's

    Illinois Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
    The economic benefit that Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Illinois provide is far greater than the amount of money that is appropriated from tax dollars for their use by our Illinois General Assembly.
    The SWCD services are essential for securing the soil and water resources on which the local and state agricultural economy is based. Their services are an important link to deliver federal funds to our local landowners.

  • Hoviouses' love story continues after 40 years

    Earl Hovious is a quiet man, not one to talk about himself, but his life has been lived so that the village of Brownstown, neighbors, and friends voted him as the first-ever Citizen of the Year a few years ago.

  • Third Lincoln Victory Ball is Feb. 9

    A dance similar to those held during the time period when Abraham Lincoln came to Vandalia was something that Connie Bolyard had wanted to do “for years and years.”

  • Flowers, Lindberg given Abes

    A Vandalia man who has been the driving force behind his family’s launch of a half-dozen businesses in the downtown area and the longtime executive director of a sheltered workshop for the developmentally disabled were honored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce with Abe Awards last Thursday.

  • Confidence breeds success for Jr. Vandals in regional title game vs. Greenville

    Carrying the confidence of a winning streak and a strong game plan, the third-seeded Vandalia seventh-grade boys basketball team didn’t even care that Greenville brought a 21-2 record into last Thursday’s regional championship game.

    Or, for that matter, that the top-seeded Blue Jays had three times defeated the Jr. Vandals during the regular season.