Local News

  • Judge strikes Mabrys' defenses

    The city of Vandalia’s court case against a couple operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake will continue for at least six more weeks.
    That’s because a judge last week gave Steve and Latisha Mabry 21 days to file amended arguments in the case, and gave the city 21 days to file a response to those arguments.
    At a hearing last Thursday afternoon, Judge Douglas Jarman heard arguments on the city’s motion to strike the Mabrys’ answers to the city’s request for a declaratory judgment.

  • County fee increases

    The Fayette County Board will be looking at increasing some county fees, with ones charged only to those going through the building adjacent to the county courthouse currently being considered.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said at Tuesday’s board meeting that county officials recently met with representatives of the Fraternal Order of Police, “and they gave us some ideas on raising funds. They had some good ideas.”
    Those ideas included raising the fees charged at the Fayette County Jail.

  • Dog alerts family to fire

    A St. Elmo family was able to escape a fire in their home early Saturday morning after being alerted to the fire by their dog.

  • Sydney Young to compete at state county fair pageant

    The 55th Annual Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant will be held Jan. 16-19, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, in conjunction with the Illinois Association of Agriculture Fairs Annual Convention.

  • A BIG blast of winter

    Warmer temperatures at the end of this week will help residents of Vandalia and Fayette County dig out of the area’s worst winter storm in decades.

  • Chamber seeks nominations for its 2014 Abe Awards

    With its annual banquet just two weeks away, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its Abe Awards.
    Those awards are presented annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the community.
    “We are looking for anyone who has bettered our community and local organizations through the use of their time and talent, by volunteering or by taking a leadership role,” said Shannon Craycroft, chamber executive director.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 9

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ 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.
    Friday, January 10

  • Purchase of 4-wheel drive squads pays off

    “Some people questioned why we bought four-wheel drive vehicles,” Mayor Rick Gottman said at Tuesday’s city council meeting, “This is why.”

  • Group purchases Graham building

    City officials’ fear that the former home of Graham Packaging would be torn down apparently have been allayed.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Tuesday’s city council meeting that an investment group from another state has purchased the building that housed the manufacture of plastic containers for more than 40 years.
    Gottman doesn’t know what that group plans to do with the facilities, but he intends to find out. He said that he has been making calls in attempts to set up a meeting with the investment group.

  • L-U print edition is now available

    Due to the weather, The Leader-Union will be published a day late this week, on Thursday.