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Today's News

  • Statehouse Story Time
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man charged with shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre, argued that because he will be in shackles for his trial, so should Fayette County State’s Attorney James Overholt.
    Vandalia Correctional Center adopted Kelley Park on West Main Street in Vandalia. The action meant that the VCC work camp would maintain the park.
    Ed Lebold of Vandalia was named chief of security at Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Joyce Trexler.
    Identifying her were: Donna Hames, Ruth Ann Garrison, Mary White, Kay Jones, Penny Richards, Charles and Linda Townsend, Ruth Brackenbush, Donna Chrisman, Judy Ralston, Marietta Berryman, Vivian Schmid and Mary Cripe
    This week’s Scrambler: raneilng si tno uoymsclpro; henrtei si vrliasuv.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The story of Illinois Central RR

    When the Illinois Central Railroad was projected, it far exceeded in magnitude any similar project ever attempted on this continent, with the exception of the National Road. Both of these momentous undertakings had at their heart Vandalia, Ill.

  • Many are needed for birthday party

    Many of us are old enough or have lived in Vandalia long enough to remember when the town celebrated it's 175th birthday. And, if you remember, correctly, it took a whole bunch of people to pull it off.
    Now, the same kind of participation is going to be needed in the next couple of years.
    Back in 1994, there were a bunch of committee for Vandalia's 175th Celebration. There was a committee to organize a parade, one to organize a festival, one to raise funds to help pay for the celebration, etc., etc.

  • Tourist Center needs some love

    A group of local ladies working at Vandalia's Tourist Information Center on Monday night made a dent in the work needed at the facility. But, it's just a dent.
    The center now has a new roof, which was badly needed, and the women rid the building of a whole bunch of weeds.
    But, walking up the steps and around the deck of the building, you will see that there a considerable amount of work needed on the exterior.
    Some of the steps up to the building are in really bad shape, and wood on some of the exterior walls is pulling away from the structure.

  • KICK Spanish for Kids Class
  • Area school districts set registration dates

    VANDALIA
    Online registration opened at 10 a.m. on Monday. To complete all registration items, parents use the parent portal at TeacherEase (www.teacherease.com).
    Student fees can be paid online.
    Families new to the district can go online to www.teacherease.com/NewFamilyRegistration.aspx?refid=00d6c98b-e4a6-45cb-....
    District registration will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. next Wednesday at Vandalia Junior High School.
    The first day of student attendance will be Thursday, Aug. 17.
    BROWNSTOWN

  • Foundation seeks future nominees for award

    The Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation is always accepting nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award.
    The award recognizes and honors exceptional VCHS graduates within the areas of professional, personal and civic achievement.
    Nominees must:
    • Be a graduate of VCHS.
    • Have graduated at least 20 years prior to the nomination.
    • Have outstanding accomplishments in his or her profession, or have made significant contributions to his or her community or society.