Local News

  • Vandalia Memories

    This old photo of Gallatin Street, taken from atop Lutheran Hill, kicks off our new Vandalia Memories feature.

    In this feature, we will publish old photographs of Vandalia that have been posted online at Vandalia Memories, a Facebook page started in June 2010 by Kathy Schultz of Vandalia. This photo was posted by Rose Fisher.

  • County postpones request for help with city project

    The Fayette County Board last Thursday postponed action on a request from the city of Vandalia to help with a city infrastructure project.
    The board is being asked to contribute $112,000 for the extension of city water lines in Vandalia’s western Interstate 70 interchange.
    That project would allow the city to feed water to the new distribution center that South Central FS is building in the northeast quadrant of that interchange, just north of Pine Ridge Homes and Laack Flooring Innovations.

  • LaDage youth raises funds for St. Jude's

    Sharon and Bill LaDage have long been respected and admired for their contributions to education, and the students they taught and for the worthy causes they have supported, and held in high esteem for their continuing interest and participation in school and community projects, especially those involving the young.

  • Superintendents team up for funding fight

    After announcing at Tuesday’s meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education that the school district experienced deficit spending of about $750,000 during the just-completed 2012-2013 fiscal year, Superintendent Rich Well said that the gloves are coming off.
    “I have five years left of being superintendent,” he said. “No longer will I sit around and let somebody else beat the drum for educational issues.
    "We’re at the mercy of Springfield and Washington, D.C.”

  • City to hold July 29 public hearing on rail crossing issue

    Vandalia residents will have a chance in two weeks to voice their opinions on a plan to replace railroad crossings with stop signs at four locations.
    That chance will come during a public hearing set for 5 p.m. on Monday, July 29, when the city council’s streets and public safety committees continue discussion on a proposal by local developer Charles Barenfanger.
    Barenfanger, who with his brother, Walt, started local rail line service in the early 1980s, a few years after Illinois Central Railroad abandoned its north-south line, wants to revive that service.

  • Bowen will run for sheriff

    The Vandalia resident who is in fourth term as Fayette County’s coroner will run for sheriff next year.
    Bruce Bowen, a Republican, announced his candidacy on Wednesday morning.
    Because the announcement was made after deadline on Wednesday, more on Bowen’s candidacy for sheriff will be in next week’s issue of The Leader-Union.
    Chris Smith announced last month that he is running for sheriff in 2014.
    The current sheriff, Republican Aaron Lay, has not announced whether he will seek a third term in office.

  • Meeting on rail crossings issue is July 29

    Vandalia officials will discuss a proposal to replace railroad crossing signals with stop signs at a committee meeting in two weeks.

    Also at the meeting, city officials will accept comments from the public about that proposal.

    The Vandalia City Council’s streets and public safety committees will hold that meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 29.

    Being proposed are the replacement of crossing signals with stop signs at:

    • Fillmore Street

  • Basement fire in Old Capitol View building early Friday

    A fire early last Friday morning damaged the basement of a building that houses a downtown Vandalia restaurant.


    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to Old Capitol View Restaurant at 1:07 a.m. after a passer-by noticed smoke coming from the building.

    Fire Chief Ed Taylor said the fire started in a basement living area that is unoccupied, and that firefighters contained the fire to that area. Damage to the upstairs area, which houses the restaurant, was limited to smoke, he said.

  • County tables request from city for money

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday tabled a request from the city for funding assistance with the extension of a water line in the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.

    The city has asked the county to chip in $112,000 for the water line extension, which an engineer has estimated to cost $212,000.

    Several board members balked at the request, with the reasons cited including the county’s financial status, the amount requested being more than half of the total project cost and the fear of setting a precedent.

  • Public hearing on county solid waste ordinance is Aug. 13

    The Fayette County Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed solid waste and nuisance ordinance prior to its regular August meeting.

    The board agreed to hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, meeting to discuss and hear public comments on the proposed ordinance.

    The proposed ordinance is available for review in a pdf. attached here. To read the ordinance, click on the headline above, and then click on Solid Waste Ordinance to download a .pdf of the ordinance.