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Today's News

  • Wreaths Across America

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars Old Capitol Post 3862 Ladies Auxiliary of Vandalia recently participated in the Wreaths Across America project, placing wreaths on all of the tombstones of veterans in the veterans' plot at Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia and in other local cemeteries.

  • Church gets another chance on new home

    Just two weeks after rejecting a zoning change that would have allowed a local church to move into the former home of Rural King, the Vandalia City Council OK’d action that would make the move a possibility.
    The council voted 6-2 on Dec. 6 to deny a request to add places of worship as a permitted use in land bearing a general commercial designation.

  • News Briefs

    Fireman's Ball is Jan. 31

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department will hold the 127th annual Fireman's Ball from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. "Crazy Horse" will perform. Tickets, $5 each, are available from any firefighter or at the door.

    Civil War Era Fashion Show is Jan. 7

    A Civil War Era Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Dec. 23, 2010

    • Roger L. Stivers, 42, Nokomis, was arrested on Dec. 20 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Robert A. Hockert, 70, Anaheim, Calif., was arrested on Dec. 19 for driving without a valid license. Bond was $1,500.
    • Marnisha L. Robinson, 22, Chicago, was arrested on Dec. 19 on a charge of driving while her license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 23

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

    Friday, December 24

    CHRISTMAS EVE
    Saturday, December 25
    CHRISTMAS DAY
    Monday, December 27

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 23, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This man, who has farmed all his life in rural Vandalia, is turning 60 today. He is married and has four children (two girls and two boys). The two boys help him farm. If you know him, give him a call and wish him a happy birthday.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Zachary Ryan Townsend.

  • The Way We Were-Dec. 23, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – Springfield Calvary upset Shelbyville, the team rated No. 1 in Class A basketball, to win the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. Mario Brown of Calvary was named the tournament MVP.
    State Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), along with several representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, held a meeting at Days Inn in Vandalia to hear concerns about the future of Carlyle Lake. About 70 local residents attended the meeting.

  • VCHS girls alumni game
  • Was Abraham Lincoln really a Scrooge?

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Blog “From out of the Top Hat” has an entry this week about the Lincolns and Christmas, titled “Scrooge Lincoln?” It talks about how Christmas was just like any other day in the Lincoln White House, and the president, like Scrooge, saw no reason for the family and staff to act differently on that day. The blog is at www.alplm.org/blog. It is updated every Monday, and additional topic suggestions are always welcome.
    The text of the blog is presented below.

  • Jr. Wrestlers battle in Vandalia

    Saturday, Dec. 18

    at Vandalia

    6-and-under

    First place – Logan Nance

    First place – Dawson McKinney

    Second place – Derek Warren

    Second place – Easton Maroon

    Second place – Bryant Willms

    Second place – Conner Ray

    Third place – Luke Thompson

    Third place – Eric McKinney

    Fourth place – Owen Miller

    7- and 8-year-olds