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Today's News

  • Well tells chamber about school successes, challenges

    Following several announcements about upcoming events, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well presented a program at last Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Crazy Daisy Boutique

    If you’re looking for a unique handbag, Tamie Stuttle, owner of Crazy Daisy Boutique in Vandalia, has a deal for you.

    Her new shop, located at 529 W. Gallatin St., specializes in handbags – something in every style and price range.
    “We will keep unique, specialized styles – not multiples of each,” she said. “In fact, each one of our bags is one-of-a-kind.
    She also handles laptop cases and duffle bags in paisleys and prints. In the future, she plans to add a home décor section, as well as clothing and shoes.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 13, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1950, shows two young women who grew up in Vandalia. One now lives in Ramsey and one now lives out of state (after living in Decatur for several years).

  • The Way We Were Oct. 13, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996  – Using a stifling defense and a strong ground game, the Vandalia Vandals defeated Pana, 12-0, to win the Mid-State Conference football crown, the school's first in 20 years.
    Rich Walker, Vandalia's mayor for the past 12 years, announced that he would not seek reelection.
    Bill and Vernus Lytle of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Conestoga wagons were the way to the West

    In 1914, The Vandalia Union, as it celebrated its 50th anniversary, invited readers to write reminiscences for publication in an anniversary issue. Many people took the editor up on his invitation, including one citizen who wished to remain anonymous.
    This writer gives a colorful, first-person account of the covered wagon days. It is from stories such as these that we learn more about life in Fayette County during the 1800s.

  • Public Notices inform citizens

    Though today’s issue of The Leader-Union contains an unusual volume of Public Notices, those notices are a valuable part of each and every issue of the paper.

  • We Apologize

    The judgment against St. Elmo Mayor Larry Tish in the lawsuit filed by Ken Thomason in federal court did not include court costs and attorneys fees.
    A clerk in federal court in East St. Louis confirmed that the court has not yet made a judgment on court costs and attornyes fees.
    We apologize for the error.

  • News Briefs

    Band chili supper is Friday night

    The Vandalia Band Boosters will hold its annual chili supper from 5-7 p.m. on Friday in the Vandalia Junior High School cafeteria.
    The cost is $6 per person, and the menu includes a choice of chili or vegetable soup, sandwich, drink and dessert, or two hot dogs, potato chips, drink and dessert. A la carte purchases and carry-outs will be available.

    Evans Library offers Wee Read Program

  • Community Calendar oct. 13, 2011

    Thursday, October 13

    ✔ The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold its New Business Breakfast from 7-8 a.m. at the Vandalia Country and Golf Club. New business owners, as well as individuals who have been promoted to administrative and management positions, are invited. The cost for the buffet is $10. To make reservations, call the chamber office, 283-2728; payment may be made in advance or on the day of the breakfast.

  • Gallatin Street poured