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Today's News

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This sailor was 20 years old when this picture was taken 56 years ago. He was born and reared in Bond and Fayette counties. He worked as a barber in Vandalia, but now lives in Northern Illinois.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • School district makes good call

    During the unusually harsh winter weather we’ve endured during the past two months, officials at Vandalia Community Unit School District were right to err on the side of caution when determining whether to cancel school.
    Nobody wants to put our children in peril by holding school when buses and other vehicles can’t safely navigate area roads.
    But so far this year, we’ve had 10 snow days – more than double the norm. And it’s time to pay the piper.

  • Swofford overcomes difficulties in his life

    Ivan Swofford is friendly and upbeat, has a quick, ready smile and laughs easily at something humorous.

  • Council action allows church to move forward with moving plans

    The Vandalia City Council approved a resolution on Monday that allows a local church to move forward with its attempt to relocate in the former home of Rural King.
    The council approved a change in the city’s zoning ordinance that allows places of worship to locate in a general commercial or light industrial district.
    The zoning amendment stipulates that the place of worship must be located on a site that is at least 2 acres, and that structural improvements cannot be made within 50 feet of property line.

  • 'Lincoln Remembered' is this Friday, Saturday

    The celebration of Lincoln’s Birthday in Vandalia this year has been expanded to include four activities that also commemorate the community’s role in the early days of Illinois.
    As is tradition, Vandalia’s Lincoln’s Birthday celebration will include a program at 2 p.m. in the Supreme Court Room at the Vandalia Statehouse, the room where Abraham Lincoln became legally entitled to practice law.

  • Vandalia school schedule changed

    Because of the unusual number of snow days this winter, students in the Vandalia school district will be attending class on four days they were scheduled to have a full or half-day off.
    Full school days now will be held on Presidents Day (Feb. 21) and Casimir Pulaski Day (March 7), as well as two days previously scheduled for half days, because of inservice training for teachers (March 4 and April 1).

  • Attorney wants teen's murder trial moved

    The attorney representing the teen charged with murdering a couple in their Loogootee home wants the youth’s trial to be moved to another county.
    The request to relocate the trial for 16-year-old Clifford W. Baker is one of three motions filed at the end of January by Baker’s attorney, Monroe D. McWard of Taylorville.

  • Lincoln events this Friday, Saturday

    Vandalia will celebrate its history with three events later this week.

    The festivities are kicked off on Friday morning as the Vandalia Statehouse is one of the sites participating in a simultaneous reading of Lincoln's Farewell Address in Springfield.

    The reading is set for 11 a.m. at the Statehouse, and the public is invited to attend.

    On Friday evening, Vandalia's inaugural Civil War Victory Ball will be held from 7-11 p.m. at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Those wearing period clothing will be admitted free, and admission for all others is $5.

  • Ice storm in Vandalia
  • Vandal wrestlers win 17th straight regional title

    SHELBYVILLE -- Justin Hill, C.J. Runkel and Daniel Edwards all won individual regional championships to help Vandalia win its 17th straight regional title on Saturday.

    Levi Ulmer earned his 100th career win in the semifinals and lost to the No. 2 ranked wrestler in the state in the championship bout.

    A full story will appear in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.