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Today's News

  • 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

  • P.A.C.K. links therapy dogs with young readers

    When one hears of a “pack of dogs,” it may cause consternation, but the “P.A.C.K.” going into Evans Public Library in Vandalia represents “Pups Assisting Children with Kindness.”

  • County board chairman urges department heads to make cuts

    In recent months, the chairman of the Fayette County Board asked the county’s department heads to fine-tune their budgets for the coming year.
    On Tuesday night, Steve Knebel emphasized that the time has come for the department heads to do some close shaving.
    Knebel said that he has asked County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun to notify all county department heads of a budget meeting on Monday, with plans to finalize a budget draft by next Thursday.

  • Fayette Water looking for more people to sign up

    Fayette Water Co. has the necessary permit and funding in place for a project that will provide water to people living northwest of Vandalia.
    Now, all it needs is enough residents of that area on board to make the project financially feasible.
    People living in that area can register during a public informational meeting that will be held at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at First Church of God, located at Thrill Hill Road and Lakewood Drive, northwest of Vandalia.