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Today's News

  • Leader-Union Holds Bake Sale For Breast Cancer

    Members of The Leader-Union staff baked and sold cookies and cakes last Wednesday as a fundraiser for the fight against breast cancer.

    The staff also received some donations of baked goods from local residents. The event raised nearly $200. Shown, from left, are: Judy Mitchell, Bridget Lash, Melinda Garrison, Fran Cole, Rosie Torbeck, Barb Oberlink, Andrew Harner, Penny Richards, Peggy Schulze and Lovetta Lockart.

  • Chamber holds New Business Breakfast

    Ten new Vandalia business owners and managers were honored earlier this month at the annual Vandalia Chamber of Commerce New Business Breakfast.
    In addition to emcee Kevin Childers and Chamber President Dana Whiteman, the program for the Oct. 13 event included remarks by Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman.
    Gottman thanked the new business owners for taking the risk to start a new business, and he pledged the city’s ongoing support. In particular, he noted efforts by the Flowers family and Dennis Grubaugh in the downtown area.

  • Merchants holding cutest baby contest

    A group of downtown Vandalia merchants are holding a cutest baby contest to raise funds for the digital mammography machine at Fayette County Hospital.
    The entry fee is $10, and votes will cost $1.
    The contest will run through Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia next month.
    For more information, stop by Crazy Daisy Boutique or Family Video.

  • Rotary Hands Out Dictionaries

    Members of the Vandalia Rotary Club last week distributed dictionaries to all third-grade students in Fayette and Bond counties.

    First Photo: Dale Timmermann explains the project to third-graders at Vandalia Elementary School. With him are Rotarians Ben Timmermann, Don Carpenter (partially hidden), Todd McKellar, Larry Cable and Stephen Friedel. Secodn Photo: Ben and Dale Timmerman hand out the dictionaries. The dictionaries were purchased through a $700 grant from Wal-Mart.

  • Maranatha's Raises $3,203 For Mammography

    Maranatha's Salon, Spa and Tanning held a Keep Abreast/Spread the Love event last Thursday to raise money for a new digital mammography machine at Fayette County Hospital.

    First photo: Maranatha Cripe and her staff is shown with FCH Chief Executive Officer Greg Starnes. Second photo: Cripe and Starnes are shown with a check representing the amount raised at the event, $3,203.

  • Banks of the Okaw Oct. 27, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four cousins were photographed together in 1971.

  • The Way We Were Oct. 27, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council took the first step toward changing the city’s form of government from mayor-aldermanic to city administrator by lowering the mayor’s annual salary from $37,854 to $5,000.
    Lyle Lotz, a longtime St. Peter businessman with a strong record of community service, died after an extended battle with cancer. He was 56.
    The Vandalia Vandals defeated Piasa Southwestern, 25-23, to advance to the second round of the IHSA Football Playoffs.

  • Keep kids safe this Halloween

    There will be a lot of scary little creatures roaming around in the coming days. What’s even scarier is the thought of one of those creatures being injured in an accident.
    Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s being celebrated with a variety of activities, including trick-or-treating.

  • Junction Park was an entertainment facility

    I don’t remember much about Junction Park, east of the Kaskaskia River bridge, but it seems that for people just slightly older that myself, many good memories from their teenage years and courtin’ days are anchored here.

  • Reservations taken for Women Teachers' Dinner

    The annual Bond, Fayette and Effingham Women Teachers' Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Vandalia Junior High School.
    Retired women teachers in the three-county area are asked to make reservations  by calling the Regional Office of Education in their county of residence by this Thursday.