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Today's News

  • Visitors research links to Statehouse

    It doesn’t happen often, but from time to time, we have visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse whose ancestor served in the House or Senate during the years that Vandalia was state capitol.
    In many cases, the visitor knows a little about their relative, but as happens in history, the connection to the political history of Illinois is all that is known about their time in the service of the state.
    Earlier this year, Dave Odum visited the capitol and asked about his ancestor, Dempsey Odom, who served in the House and Senate from Williamson County.   

  • Vandalia Memories

    These Central School Junior Vandals won the grade school heavyweight sectional basketball tournament to advance to state.

    In front are Jon Smith, Mike Keppler and Roger Bone. In back are assistant coach Bill Schultz (who managed the team in the absence of coach Jim Littleford), Charles McDowell, Dale Forehand, Reed Bechtel, Bruce Bennyhoff, Tom Force, Gary Nevinger and Eddie Atwood.


    Pat Smith Frost contributed this Vandalia newspaper clipping.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 –  The University of Illinois mascot, Chief Illiniwek, visited Jefferson School students who were honored for good behavior.
    Vandalia had six Illinois State Scholars – Sid Smith, Tammy Green, Christy England, Jeff Scott, Beth Herrington and Angie Harmeier.
    The community Resource Center moved to its new location on North Eighth Street in Vandalia.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Mayor Neil Donnals announced that he would be running for re-election in the spring.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no Banks photo this week.
    In last week's photo were: Lowell Sefton, Melissa Sefton Ferguson, Lynn Sefton and David Sefton.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: ryeev wrodc sha a elsirv ninlgi.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: When a thing is not worth overdoing, leave it alone.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Look downtown this Christmas

    Support of Vandalia’s businesses, particularly those in our downtown business district, is important to keep those businesses thriving. And, there’s no time better than the present to provide that support.
    Many of us are in the midst of shopping for Christmas presents, and we encourage you to shop Vandalia first as you work to complete your gift lists.
    How many times do we hear that downtown Vandalia has nothing to offer? But, do those people making those complaints give their support to what we have in our downtown?

  • Schulze turns love of photography into a new profession

    Peggy Schulze  has always been interested in photography,“even as a kid,” and once studied under a professional photographer who was an understudy for world-renown photographer Ansel Adams.

  • Taking the Oath
  • Filer named to public works post

    An employee of Vandalia’s public works department for more than two decades has been chosen to head up that department.

  • Judge mulls Lake House motions

    A judge is considering two motions in the city of Vandalia’s lawsuit against a couple operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake, including one that seeks a judgment against the city.
    During a hearing on Monday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Judge Michael D. McHaney heard arguments on two motions filed by the attorney for Steve and Latisha Mabry.
    In one of those motions, the Mabrys’ attorney, David Cates of Swansea, is asking for a summary judgment in the case filed by the city in June of last year.

  • New sheriff holds training session for staff on second day

    “I don’t want to waste any time,” Chris Smith said on Tuesday, one day after he took over as Fayette County’s sheriff.
    Smith, who took the oath of office on Monday, about a month after winning the sheriff’s post without opposition, hit the ground running by holding a day-long training session for all employees in the sheriff’s office.
    During the Tuesday session, Smith talked to employees about “the plans I have and the things that we’ve got coming,” he said.