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Today's News

  • Frank Meier kept alligator, snake

    The news headline from The Vandalia Union read: “Sleepy Citizen Shot and Killed in Vandalia.”
    I’m too young to remember Frank H. Meier’s alligator, but many of our readers may recall this "pet" that, along with an ancient black snake, inhabited the Meier greenhouse.
    The Union newspaper reporter wrote that E. F. Steffen, the new owner of the F.H. Meier Greenhouses, fired the fatal shot, and then went on to fire a few of his own.

  • Public notices vital to keep the public informed

    A bill has been proposed in the Illinois House of Representatives that – if passed – would significantly reduce the information available to citizens about the activities of the state’s governing bodies.
    That bill – House Bill 1869 – would eliminate the publication of all public notices in newspapers in favor of placing those notices on government websites.
    It’s a dangerous proposal that inevitably will inhibit citizens’ access to information that affects them.

  • Swofford enjoys music with karaoke machine

    “Have Karaoke Machine, Will Travel” could be the motto of retired factory worker Raymond Swofford, who spends much of his time traveling to nursing homes and other places to share his love and enjoyment of gospel and country western music with others.
    His interest in music began when he was 7 years old, as he sang along with the radio as his favorite country music stars, such as Roy Acuff (“The Great Speckled Bird”) and Ernest Tubb (“I’m Walking the Floor Over You”), made their mark in bluegrass, gospel and country music history.

  • www.leaderunion.com will become paid website on March 10

    On March 10, The Leader-Union’s website (www.leaderunion.com) will become a subscription-based site.
    On that day, visitors to the website for more than 10 minutes will be given the opportunity to subscribe to the printed product (and thus receive free access to the website), or they may choose to subscribe only to the website.
    Current subscribers to The Leader-Union, however, will have unlimited access the site at no additional cost. They merely must enter their customer number (as printed on their newspaper address label) in order to access the website.

  • Marc Kelly elected associate judge

    In his initial career planning, Marc Kelly did not see himself following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. But that’s exactly what has happened.

  • ROE opposes Quinn's proposed cuts

    In his budget address last week, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn identified several programs in state government that could be put on the chopping block to reduce the state’s massive deficit.
    One that hit close to home for Mark Drone was a proposal to eliminate state funding for the Illinois’ 45 regional superintendent of schools offices.

  • Local resident on "Price is Right" this Wednesday

    Vandalia resident Brent Horner will be a contestant on THE PRICE IS RIGHT and we’d like you to share the news with your readers so that everyone there can tune in and cheer on your local soon-to-be TV star.

  • Live coverage of the IHSA Individual State Wrestling Tournament

    The IHSA Individual State Wrestling Tournament is underway. Continue checking back throughout the day today and tomorrow to see how the Vandals do.

    To get highlights instantly, become a Facebook fan here.

    Saturday, Feb. 19

  • Vandalia attorney elected judge

    Cynthia Y. Cobbs, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced on Thursday afternoon that the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court judges voted to select Jeffrey M. "Marc" Kelly as an associate judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

    Kelly, a Vandalia Community High School graduate, earned an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1996, and his juris doctorate from John Marshall in Chicago in 2000.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Celebration
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter attended the sixth birthday celebration of their granddaughter, Madison Eller of Jackson, Mo., on Saturday.