Local News

  • VES Honors Veterans

    The hallways of Vandalia Elementary School were lined with students waving flags, saluting and shaking hands with local veterans on Tuesday afternoon as part of a day-long Veterans Day observance.

    Above, local veteran Jerry Maas is cheered and thanked by VES students. Many more photos will appear in next week's Leader-Union as part of our Veterans Day coverage. More photos will be in a photo gallery online at www.leaderunion.com, and two videos are now available on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theleaderunion.

  • Two arrested for synthetic drugs

    A little more than a week before a seminar on synthetic drugs was to be held in Vandalia, two individuals were arrested on felony synthetic drug charges.
    The Vandalia Police Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office conducted a raid on a Vandalia residence, with Louis A. Stout and Kyle W. Bloemker being arrested.
    Last Wednesday, the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed felony charges against the two men.
    Each of the men has been charged with unlawful possession, with the intent to deliver, a misbanded drug.

  • VCC inmate attacks guard

    The Vandalia Correctional Center is the latest state prison to experience an inmate attack on an officer.
    And a union officer at VCC said that the Friday evening incident is yet another example of the risks that prison workers face due to understaffing.
    Tom Shaer, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections, confirmed on Tuesday that a VCC inmate had attacked a correctional officer.

  • Nite at the Races is this Saturday
  • Fiddle contest and bluegrass show is Saturday

    The Patoka Civic Club will be hosting its 33rd annual Perry Biggs Memorial Fiddle Contest and Bluegrass Show this Saturday.
    Opening the show at 5 p.m. will be country singer Brenda Cook of Sullivan, Mo., followed by the Worthington Family Bluegrass Band. The Worthingtons are a family of 10 wonderful musicians playing bluegrass and gospel music.

  • Museum's Season of Events program on historical markers is Nov. 10 at FUM

    A survey of the mysterious, ludicrous and downright comical landmarks in the Prairie State will be presented by William Furry, executive director of Illinois State Historical Society, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    Furry’s presentation is the second program in the Fayette County Museum’s Season of Events.

  • Winners in Lions Club's Halloween parade announced

    1st – Ponderosa, KFC/Taco Bell, Ramada Inn Award – Bright Beginnings Day Care
    2nd – Denny’s Restaurant Award – Fayette County Hospital
    3rd – Vandalia Real Estate/Copper Penny Award – Land of Lincoln Credit Union
    4th – Bluff Equipment Award – Walmart
    5th – Lisa Burnam, Patrick Maag & Melanie Bowles-Edward Jones Investments Award – KC Nursing
    6th – Walmart Award – (tie)-Zombulance and Randy’s Country Barn and Christmas Tree Farm

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 31

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, November 1

  • Downtown Vandalia Halloween

    Halloween was celebrated in downtown Vandalia on Saturday.

    In the first photo, Ella Satterthwaite, age 3 1/2, listens to a Halloween story read by Shawna Sprague at the Evans Public Library Halloween story time. In the second photo, Joanna Helm of Words, Wicks and Wood hands out candy to one of the trick-or-treaters visiting downtown businesses.

  • Steele is Ramsey Schools' 'Singing Custodian'

    She is custodian for Ramsey Schools and she loves to sing … and she often combines the two, singing as she goes about her work cleaning, which is enjoyed by all who happen to hear her in the halls.