Today's News

  • Vandalia men’s slo-pitch softball league will begin play on Monday

    The Vandalia men’s slo-pitch softball league will begin play on Monday.

    The five-team league will play four games on Mondays from May 21-Aug. 12 and Thursdays from July 19-Aug. 16. Wednesdays, June 27, July 11, and Aug. 1, 8 and 15 will be used as rain dates.

    Teams in the league are:
    •Buckstop Archery
    •Montgomery Plumbing
    •Keck’s Marsh
    •Riedle Law Office Cyclones
    •Copper Penny

  • Births

    Parker Steven Daniels
    Jaclyn and Mitch Daniels of rural Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 1:07 p.m. on April 17, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Illinois Bell reunion held

    On Monday, May 7, the fifth annual Telephone Operators, Installation and Repairmen Reunion was held in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    The 33 in attendance included 21 operators, six repairmen and six spouses.
    Delila Beckman welcomed everyone, and Loretta Nickels gave the meal prayer.
    After the meal, everyone was asked to introduce themselves and their guests, and tell when and where they had worked for Illinois Bell.
    The sharing of stories was a popular part of the reunion.

  • Engagement

    The Rev. Kevin Wendorf of Onarga and Barbara Torbeck have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Anniversary

    On May 4, 1952, Kenneth Hall and Betty Roe walked across the road from her parents’ home to Hurricane Church and were married by the Rev. Warren Littleford.

  • Buscher earns special award for customer ratings

    Pat Buscher of Real Living Vandalia Real Estate has received the Premier Service Diamond Award for providing superior customer service.
    To qualify for the award, Buscher had to receive a minimum of 95 percent customer satisfaction rating.
    "I'm absolutely thrilled to receive this award," Buscher said, "since it's an independent rating based on evaluations from those people who matter most – my clients."
    The award was presented by mail to Buscher by Real Living Real Estate president Harley E. Rouda Jr.

  • FNB promotes Jay Jolliff to VP

    First National Bank recently announced that Jay Jolliff has been promoted to vice-president and added to the trust committee of the bank.
    Jolliff, a Patoka resident, has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services and banking industry. He began his career with First National Bank in November 2008 as an assistant vice-president/loan officer.

  • McCarty, Stock promoted

    First National Bank recently announced that Megan McCarty and Sam Stock, have been promoted to Junior Loan Officer. They started their new positions on April 17.
    McCarty, a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a specialization in management.  She began her career at First National Bank in October  2010 as a loan clerk.

  • First Vandalia Corp. meeting held

    The annual stockholders’ meeting of First Vandalia Corp., parent company of The First National Bank, with locations in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, was held April 11 at The First National Bank in Vandalia.
    Directors Ann M. Schwarm and Haldon E. Warner were re-elected to serve three-year terms. The newly re-elected directors join current directors, William E. Chappel, Todd Shulman, B. Rand Edwards, Thomas L. McCarty and R. Wynn Provines.  

  • Leader-Union wins seven awards in SIEA contest

    The Leader-Union received seven awards for news, photography and advertising excellence in a recent contest sponsored by the Southern Illinois Editorial Association.
    The results were announced at the association’s annual meeting on April 27 at Giant City State Park in Makanda. The Leader-Union competed against all large weekly papers in the southern half of Illinois.
    In each category, prizes were awarded for first, second and third places, as well as honorable mention. All prizes were for entries published in 2011.