Local News

  • Jayson Porter is St. Elmo's new mayor

    Like his predecessor, St. Elmo's new mayor acknowledges that it has been challenging for St. Elmo officials – and for residents – to handle the reintroduction of liquor sales into the community.

    But Jayson Porter is optimistic that the St. Elmo City Council can handle this and other challenges by working as a team.

  • Man charged with attempted murder

    An Effingham man has been charged with attempted murder – and other felony charges – for allegedly cutting a Shobonier man at a local bar on Friday.

    Michael R. Solan, 34, has been charged by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel with using a razor blade to cut the neck of Nathan Willis at Cages.

    According to Vandalia Police reports, police were called to the bar on South Third Street at 8 p.m. on Friday for a report of a fight. Upon their arrival, police found that Willis had been cut.

  • County board moves on 911, Web site

    The new chairman of the Fayette County Board isnt wasting any time in getting the board moving on new issues.

    At Tuesdays meeting, Steve Knebel who was named chairman after Dean Black resigned in November appointed a committee that will study the interest in Enhanced 911 phone service for the county.

    Knebel also encouraged completion of the work necessary to get a county Web site up and running.

  • Open house at Brownstown Library is next weekend

    The move of the Brownstown Branch Library to its new and bigger home will be celebrated this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an open house.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the new home of the library, which is now housed in the former bank building next to the village hall. The open house on Friday will run from 2-5 p.m.

    The open house continues from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. Ruby Goldsborough will be a special guest at the Sunday open house.

  • Santa here on Saturdays

    Santa Claus will be in Vandalia to visit with local children on Saturdays.

    Santa will be at Something Special Florist & Gifts, 402 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22.

  • L-U accepting Letters to Santa

    The Leader-Union is again accepting Letters to Santa.

    Letters from children up through second-grade age will be accepted through Thursday, Dec. 13.

  • Porter appointed mayor in St. Elmo

    A man who has served as alderman in St. Elmo for about seven years has been appointed mayor in that community.

    In a 4-1 vote during a recessed meeting on Thursday evening, the St. Elmo City Council appointed Jayson Porter to the mayoral seat.

    Porter's election as mayor came three days after Randy Watson submitted his resignation. After Watson resigned, Porter was picked by the council to conduct the remainder of Monday's regular council meeting. The council recessed the meeting until Thursday night.

  • LLC resets South Central Night

    The regional Financial Aid Night Lake Land College scheduled this evening for South Central High School has been canceled due to the weather. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

    Representatives from Lake Land's Financial Aid office will present information on the 2008-2009 application process. The presentation will include information on state, federal, institutional and local financial aid programs.

  • Miles among survivors at Pearl Harbor

    Lets remember Pearl Harbor, as we go to meet the foe,

    Lets remember Pearl Harbor, as we do the Alamo

    Those were the words to a song that quickly rose to popularity following the infamous date of Dec. 7, 1941, the date of the attack of the Japanese on the American ships at Pearl Harbor, which instigated the involvement of the United States in World War II.

    During that early morning surprise raid, which lasted just under two hours, eight American battleships were sunk or seriously damaged, along with 13 other naval vessels.

  • City awards seven TIF grants

    The Vandalia City Council approved seven requests for TIF (Tax Increment Financing) funds on Monday, with one of those requests drawing considerable discussion.

    The council approved a $17,400 grant for Arthur Young Inc., which plans to demolish the buildings to the west of its dealership and also remodel its building at 122 W. Gallatin St.

    After the demolition work, the dealership will use that property to display vehicles. The total project estimate is just under $50,000.