Today's News

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Mayor Rich Walker said the city was seeing some progress in getting rid of dilapidated buildings in Vandalia.
    Emergency state funds were being used for repairs to the roof and cupola of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Bert Froehly and John Palacek were honored by the Vandalia Rotary Club as Paul Harris Fel-lows of Rotary International.
    Members of the Vandals Sports Boosters Club dismantled the old bleachers in the Vandalia Middle School gym and put up new bleachers that the club pur-chased.

  • Flour mills operated in Fayette County

    Back issues of newspapers are a wonderful source for history of the county. In the Oct. 13, 1927, issue of The Vandalia Union newspaper, an article titled "Flour Milling in Fayette County" provided an overview of mills in the county, with special attention given to the St. Elmo Milling Co., “once the most-thriving of its kind in this part of the country.”

  • Volunteers needed at the Statehouse

    Last week in this space, we praised those individuals who have volunteered to assist the staff at the Vandalia Statehouse in the past.
    This week, we encourage other local residents to be a part of that volunteer team. In fact, it’s increasingly critical that the volunteer team grows.
    Statehouse Site Superintendent Mary Cole and Paul Imes retired at the end of 2011. Cole was replaced by Steve Riddle, and Imes wasn’t replaced.

  • Shimkus accepting military valentines

    Congressman John Shimkus (R, Ill.-19) is kicking off his “Valentines for Heroes” program, which has become a popular tradition for his constituents.
    Shimkus’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
    “Thousands of valentines come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes,” he said.
    “The people of Central and Southern Illinois are overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.”

  • Marriage Licenses

    The following marriage licenses were issued recently by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    Randy Dale Pryor
    Rebecca Lynn Toberman

    Rebecca Christopher Brown
    Cassidie Renee Guffey

    Justin Dean Ellis
    Patricia Nicole Barron

    Mark Alan Wade
    Mary Catherine Harris

    Jeffrey Forrest Luttrell

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    By Panzi Blackwell

    Blackie & Rhonda (hens) Declare Truce on the Chicken Roost
    As our faithful readers know, Blackie, the bereaved hen, would not accept Rhonda, the red hen, as a friend, perhaps out of loyalty to Anita, her childhood playmate and mature hen, best-girl friend and confidant (who met a horrible fate when a devious Red Fox took her “out for breakfast”).

  • Frogtown News

    By Belinda Harpster


  • St. Elmo News

    By Anna Jean Rhodes

    Wednesday, Jan. 11
    • The U of I Extension will host a workshop, “Finding Your Get Up and Go,” at 1:30 p.m. at the Effingham Extension office. There is no fee, but those interested need to pre-register by calling 217-347-7773. The workshop will introduce strategies for getting motivated and taking action and will cover optimism, attitude, social involvement and positive outlook.

  • The 2012 L-U Bridal Guide is now available in our office!
  • It's Here!

    Copies of our 2012 Bridal Guide are now available at The Leader-Union office, 229 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. The guides are available free of charge