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Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – It was the one-year anniversary of the work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center. Inmate hours at the work camp were totaling as many as 30,000 per month.
    Brownstown officials were celebrating the startup of a sewer line replacement project. A $350,000 state grant was being used in conjunction with a $150,000 loan.
    Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hoffmire were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.
    Sophia Martin was celebrating her 100th birthday at Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Jean Carson Hall.
    Identifying her was: Kathleen Hall.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht ufro osroctnernes fo tarhcreac no chwih stih intano si lubti rae: vaitintiie, goimaintani, aidiliviytnud nda ecenidenpned.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Jean Carson Hall.
    Identifying her was: Kathleen Hall.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht ufro osroctnernes fo tarhcreac no chwih stih intano si lubti rae: vaitintiie, goimaintani, aidiliviytnud nda ecenidenpned.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Learning Fire Safety

    During Fire Prevention Week, the Brownstown Fire Department invited students from Brownstown Elementary School to visit the first station.

    There, Brownstown firemen taught them about fire safety, explained the job that they do and helped the students have a little fun.
     

  • Audra Critcheloe helping others with disabilities

    Fifteen years ago Audra Critcheloe was born with a challenge that she has faced with courage and determination … and an ability to understand and help others with similar challenges.

  • No easy, inexpensive fix for river intake

    City officials learned on Monday night that they can no longer hope for a simple and inexpensive fix to its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.
    Alderman Terry Beesley, chairman of the city council’s water and sewer committee, passed on the bad news after months of working on the project.
    Beesley has been in regular contact with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representative who agreed to look into the problems with the intake.

  • Octochem TIF agreement OK'd

    As the Vandalia City Council approved significant Tax Increment Financing assistance for an existing industry, the mayor cited that company’s continuing growth and loyalty to Vandalia.
    The agreement approved unanimously by the council gives Octochem 90 percent of the new property taxes generated as a result of the company’s expansion at its facility on Wagner Street.

  • Teachers' contract OK'd

    One day after the Vandalia teachers’ union ratified a contract, the Vandalia Board of Education last Wednesday approved a three-year pact that gives teachers a raise in the second and third years of the contract, but also clarifies the district’s option to make reduction-in-force personnel cuts.
    The action came during a special meeting of the school board that lasted only five minutes.

  • Three county teams have No. 1 seeds in volleyball regionals

    Vandalia, St. Elmo and South Central are all No. 1 seeds in three different regional volleyball tournaments that begin next Monday.

    The Lady Vandals are the top seed in the Class 2A Vandalia Regional, and will play on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against either (4) Metro-East Lutheran or (5) Altamont.

    Other teams in the regional are (2) Flora, (3) Staunton and (6) Marquette Catholic.

    During the regular season, Vandalia only played against Staunton, winning that season-opening match, 25-18, 25-17.

  • Leiken places 21st at state golf tournament

    DECATUR – After posting her best round of the high school season last Friday, Vandalia senior RaeChelle Leiken had positioned herself to finish in the top 10 of the state.

    But on a rainy Saturday at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur, Leiken couldn’t repeat her 78, shooting an 87 on day two of the Class A state tournament to finish 21st, eight spots higher than last season.

    And she still can’t put her finger on what  exactly went wrong.