Local News

  • Mad Dog clubhouse burns Sunday

    The clubhouse of the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club burned early Sunday morning.

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to the clubhouse, located north of Vera, at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the structure destroyed.

    An investigator with the Office of the State Fire Marshal was called to investigate the fire.

  • St. James Lutheran Church Women hold rummage sale, auction

    The women at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia will be having a rummage sale in the church gymnasium on Friday, July 19, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Saturday, July 20, from 8 a.m. until noon.


    In conjunction with the Rummage Sale we will also be conducting a sealed bid, reserve, auction.  The three items to be sold by means of a sealed bid are:

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 18

    ✔ 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 Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. Officers for 2013-14 will be installed. Members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
    ✔ 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.

  • 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