Today's News

  • Teaching students community service

    When Joe Schaal approached Vandalia’s superintendent of schools about his desire to get students involved in projects to approve the appearance of district schools, he learned that he wasn’t the only one with that idea.

  • Separate Chicago?

    About 100 people, most of them from Fayette County, attended a meeting held in Vandalia on Saturday to inform residents of the movement to separate Chicago from the rest of Illinois.

  • County looking to link to more secure network

    Fayette County is looking to tie into a computer networking line that runs between two local law enforcement agencies for cyber security reasons.
    Speaking for the county’s information technology vendor, Nathan Dothager, Assistant Fayette County State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis told county board members that Dothager is working on hooking up to the secured network that runs between the sheriff’s office and the Vandalia Police Department.

  • Clarification sought on cannabis law

    Capitol News Illinois
    SPRINGFIELD — The state organization representing local units of government is asking leaders in the General Assembly to make clarifying changes to the recreational marijuana law before it takes effect Jan. 1.
    Brad Cole, executive director of the Illinois Municipal League, said the 1,298 cities, villages and towns in the state need guidance on four aspects of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, signed into law by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker in late June.

  • Isaac Hill map is discovered

    It was three weeks ago when my son brought the telephone to me. “Someone wants to know about the Isaac Hill map,” he said, as I reached for the phone.
    The caller identified himself as Mike Deschais of Lansing, Calif., and he asked what I knew about the Isaac Hill map.  Well, as it happens, I know a lot. 
    I began to tell him of the two maps and accompanying ledgers, and of Jack Cole, in whose custody they had been.
    Following Jack’s death in the early 1970s, the maps disappeared. I first saw the maps in 1986.

  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – Delbert Maroon was sworn in as regional Superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.
    Trent Kull, a 1985 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated to the rank of second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
    South Central High School personnel were getting ready for their first school year. The South Central District was formed by consolidating the Farina LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma districts. Joe Ross is superintendent.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: If the idea is good, it will survive defeat. It may even survive victory.
    Unscrambling it were: Wanda Green, RuthAnn Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Cy Locke, Mary Cripe, Carol Behrends, Wayne Purtilar, Ed and Doris Young, Roger Mosley, Terry Martin, Larry and Joyce Cable, Lyle and Eula Haslett, and Edith Elliott.

  • Work day good for more than one reason

    Some of our local services clubs have seen their membership numbers decrease in recent years. Other service clubs are no longer in existence. What's needed is a way of showing the value and importance of community service, particularly to our younger generation.
    One way that can be done was on display on Saturday when about 35 Vandalia Community High School students, along with about a dozen parents, worked on the three school campuses.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Terry L. Alsbury, 60, 629 S. Cherry St., Vandalia, was arrested on Aug. 12 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • Andrew J. Harre, 43, Merritt Island, Fla., was arrested on Aug. 12 on charges of burglary and theft more than $500. No bond information was listed.
    • Randal E. Howell, 27, Greenville, was arrested on Aug. 12 on a charge of theft more than $500. Bond was $40,000.
    • Freddie L. Payne, Noble, was arrested on Aug. 12 on a charge of methamphetamine possession. Bond was $30,000.

  • New state maps reflect technology

    SPRINGFIELD – Just in time for the state fair, the Illinois Department of Transportation is releasing the new Illinois Official Highway Map, featuring an updated look that reflects the Geographic Information System technology used to create it – a development that will significantly reduce production time of future editions. The map, available at the IDOT tent at the state fair starting Thursday, includes route updates, Quick Response (QR) codes for transportation-related websites and useful links to help you make the most of your travels throughout Illinois.