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Today's News

  • County in Enterprise Zone application

    The Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday documents confirming that the county wants to continue being a part of a group that can offer economic development incentives through a state program.
    The board approved an ordinance “establishing unincorporated areas within Fayette County as an Enterprise Zone,” then approved an intergovernmental agreement between the cities of Vandalia and St. Elmo, and the villages of Ramsey and Brownstown.

  • Showing Off the Pool

    The Vandalia Park District and the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff invited the public to enjoy the renovated pool with free swim hours on Saturday.

  • Bluff City Fire
  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 16

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

    Friday, June 17

  • Vandalia Historical Society Board of Directors
  • KC offering KICK classes in June

    The Office of Continuing/Community Education at Kaskaskia College will hold KICK classes in June at the Vandalia Campus, located at 2310 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Cody A. Lange, 22, 1129 N. Second St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 14 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $350 cash.
    • Dawson A.M. Rine, 18, 485 W. Cherokee Strip, Brownstown, was arrested on June 14 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, burglary and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. No bond information was listed.
    • Tyler P. Debono, 18, Holbrook, N.Y., was arrested on June 14 on charges of possession of cannabis, driving while his license is suspended or revoked and speeding. Bond was $1,500.

  • Perry Davis was a local man of firsts

    Perry Rollin Davis was born in Sefton Township, Fayette County, on the same land first settled by his grandfather, Henry L. Davis, a native of Pennsylvania who was here as early as Feb. 15, 1845.
    Perry was the seventh child of the Rev. Mark Pinkley and Margaret Almyra Pittman Davis and is remembered as a progressive thinker.
    It seems he may have inherited some of this from his grandfather, Henry, who was the first merchant in Sefton Township. He was also a veteran of the Black Hawk War of 1832 in Northern Illinois.

  • You can join the beautification work

    Are you one of the Vandalia residents who bemoans the appearance of the community? Now you can be a part of a community facelift.
    The beautification committee formed by Mayor Rick Gottman late last year has met several times, kicking around some ideas about improving the city's looks. Now, it's inviting civic organizations and individuals to join the effort.
    The committee is holding a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday in council chambers at city hall, during which it will talk about possible beautification projects.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: aenrnocig si tno silsb, ti si ibovlnio.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Creativity has a lot to do with a willingness to take risks.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry Cable, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Andrew Crosswait, Ruth Ann Garrison, Melinda Garrison, LaTisha Paslay, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, Judy Elder, DeeDee Diveley, Cy and Lorene Locke, and Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar.