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Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, July 28

    ✔ The village of Brownstown will be flushing fire hydrants this Thursday and Friday. The flushing may cause temporary discoloration of water, and residents are advised to check the water before doing laundry.
    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.

  • Banks of the Okaw-July 28, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture shows two Brownstown High School graduates in the early 1960s. They both still live in Brownstown and are both retired. They both enjoy traveling.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: James Johnson.
    Identifying him were: Lou Turner, Elaine Michel and Vicky Diveley.

  • The Way We Were-July 28, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – City police officer Danny Carman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Randolph and Coles streets that occurred while he was responding to a call.
    Melody Davis, 44, of St. Elmo, was killed in a two-car accident on the blacktop north of St. Elmo.
    Mr. and Mrs. W. Wilson Stein of St. James were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
    The Vandalia City Council narrowed the list of candidates for economic development director from 38 to five.

  • Dieckmanns were early Vandalia settlers

    The Dieckmann family name holds a major place of importance in the early business life of Vandalia.

  • Weather is a big factor for activities

    Many communities and organizations hold festivals and other activities in the summer months, which makes a lot of sense when you consider that the kids are out of school and many families are out and about.
    But this summer is a good example of why spring and fall may be better times for those special events.
    Take the Grande Levée, for example. The period celebration was traditionally held on Father’s Day weekend, which was good for the fact that everybody remembered when it was being held.

  • FCHD offers tips on handling the heat

    The dog days of summer have been – and are – upon us.
    Temperatures soaring up in the 90s and past100 degrees can cause serious health conditions, which can be fatal.

  • Plans for more downtown improvements discussed

    The city of Vandalia held last Thursday what it hopes to be the final meeting of its downtown enhancement committee.

  • State's first treasury box displayed in Vandalia

    A number of people at the Vandalia Statehouse last Wednesday afternoon joked that the treasury box on display could hold all of the state’s money today.

  • Nance hired as VCHS girls track coach

    Vandalia Community High School’s new girls track coach hopes to build a program based on allowing athletes to have fun, while still getting better as the season progresses.

    Gena Nance, who qualified for the Illinois High School Association state track meet four years for Charleston High School, was recently hired by VCHS to fill the void left by Mike Travelstead, who retired in May.

  • Three members of family get jail time

    Three members of a Vandalia family who were taken into custody in January after the body of a Tower Hill man was found in their home were given jail time after pleading guilty last week.
    Of the three, Michael B. Cyrus, 28, received the stiffest sentence, 9½ years in prison. Sally J. Cyrus, 55, was given 120 days in jail, and William F. Cyrus, 31, was sentenced to 104 days in jail.