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Today's News

  • Landmark Anniveraries

    Two employees of Dr. Kevin Childers recently passed milestone dates in their employment at Eye Care of Vandalia. Flanking Childers are administrative assistant Katrina Wollerman, left, 20 years, and optometric  technician Twila FInley, right, 25 years.

  • Gottman updates Chamber

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman gave a mid-year update on the city’s financial condition and its economic development efforts at the July 6 monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Harmon's IGA is now County Market

    When the new County Market sign went up on the front of Harmon’s Market IGA earlier this month, it marked the beginning of many changes for the Vandalia grocery store.

  • Tools for School dates, times set


    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students in need, will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia on the following dates and times:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 10 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    •Thursday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 12 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 13 – 9 a.m.-noon.
    The program is open to all students in need in grades K-12.

  • Marriage Licenses-July 28, 2011

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:
    John David Shelton
    Vandalia
    Misti Joann Mays
    Brownstown
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    Kyle Timothy McCollum
    Charleston
    Carol Ann Reuscher
    Salem
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    Justin Evert McNeely
    Vandalia
    Misty Michelle Butler
    Vandalia
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    Blake Weston Doehring
    Vandalia
    Nicole Ashley Opfer
    Shobonier
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    Derek Joe Pruett
    Brownstown

  • 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.