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Today's News

  • Farm Briefs

    Temps, precip are up for December
    For December, statewide average temperatures were 35.7 degrees, 5.9 degrees above normal.
    Precipitation was also above normal for much of the state, with an average of 3.43 inches.
    The warm temperatures allowed farmers to wrap up fall field work.
    Topsoil moisture was rated at 5 percent short, 86 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Board of Education voted to have the Mt. Vernon architectural firm of Wilson, Hodge & Groh conduct a study regarding the district’s shortage of space.
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Fayette County held a candlelight vigil at First Baptist Church in Vandalia in memory of those killed or injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers.
    Howard and Lucille Wells celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: From left, Henry Greer, Paul Bunyard, Elaine Bunyard and Mary Ellen Greer.
    Identifying them was: Donna Chrisman.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eshet ghitns rae dogo ni lamsl ramesue tub levi ni garle: tysae, lats nad nashitoite.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • William Morrison finally gets grave marker

    A few years ago, I received a letter from Robert Morgan of Florida, who was working with others to locate burial sites for graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

  • Job well done by Cole, volunteers

    The bad news is that things are changing at the Vandalia Statehouse. The good news, however, is that things are changing at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Bottom line, the solid foundation laid in the past by faithful employees and volunteers there will carry us into a future that – though not without challenges – holds much promise.

  • Carole Cripe Green picked for GEM Award

    Carole Cripe Green, a Vandalia area native who is a past state legislator and currently serves as a lobbyist, was chosen to receive the annual GEM Award by the Fort Myers Republican Women’s Club during the Tuesday, Dec. 13, luncheon meeting.

    The GEM Award represents individuals who have shown Good leadership, Effort in establishing programs and policies, and being a Major contributor to the community through time and effort.

  • CEFS seeks VITA volunteers

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. is seeking volunteer tax preparers to join its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program.
    This program provides tax assistance/preparation services at no cost for low-to-moderate-income people (based on income eligibility).
    The season will begin in early February and continue through mid-April.
    Volunteers must meet these qualifications:
    • Enjoy helping people.
    • Be patient and understanding of others.
    • Be committed to providing a community service.

  • SWCD still offers electronic recycling

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District is continuing to offer electronic recycling.
    Recycling is available at the SWCD office, 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia, from 1-5 p.m. every Wednesday.
    Those using the service may put items into boxes inside the recycling trailer. Larger items, such as televisions, can be placed in the open area of the trailer.
    • Audio devices
    • Batteries-cell phone, flashlight, phone, UPS and car
    • Cables and wire
    • Cameras
    • Cell phones
    • Clocks

  • Vandalia Building Permits

    The following building permits were issued by the city of Vandalia’s Building and Zoning Department:
    OCTOBER
    • Maranatha’s Spa-Relocate existing sign at 925 New York Drive.
    • Robert Berst-Demolition of residence at 1726 W. Johnson St.
    • Chad and Sonia Wehrle-Deck and boat dock at Vandalia Lake lot No. 101.
    • Klayton and Micah Brasel-Shorewall and boat dock at 2037 S. Lake Drive.
    • Edith Knebel-New electric for shed at 303 S. Pine St.

  • Vandalia Police

    Dec. 28
    • 2:40 p.m.-Officers investigated damage to a vehicle parked in the 900 block of West Edwards Street.
    • Officers issued two tickets for speeding and a written warning for an improper turn.
    Dec. 29
    • 8:01 a.m.-Officers responded to a report of a break-in at A to Z Automotive, 1350 Janett Ave. No further information was given.
    • 8:37 a.m.-Officers responded to a report of a break-in at Sisters Consignment, 1401 Veterans Ave. No further information was given.