Today's News

  • Thinking of others

    After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 4, Carson LaDage wasn’t worrying about what that diagnosis meant for him. Instead, he thought about other children who might go through the same thing.

  • Garrison picked for state board

    About nine months after being appointed to one statewide committee by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Vandalia’s superintendent of schools has been appointed to another.

  • Marijuana task force

    Before the state’s new recreational marijuana law goes into effect, Vandalia’s mayor wants some community involvement on whether it could be purchased here.
    But his plan to get that input will not kick in until any possible changes are made to that law.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that he will be forming a task force that will look into whether the city would pursue a state license that would allow the sale of recreational marijuana in Vandalia.

  • Meeting the Principal
  • Recycling not feasible now

    While some Vandalia residents are pleased that their water bills have dropped $1 a month, others are disappointed that the service for that surcahrges is gone.
    And it doesn't look like that's going to change.
    The city council's cemetery and landfill committee held a meeting on the recycling issue after there were concerns about losing the program, to again explain FAYCO's reasons for discontinuing the program.
    This time, they had the city's trash collector, Doty Sanitation, explain their status with recycling.

  • Finding location of Hill's Fort

    It is the fall of 1812, Hill’s Fort, Illinois Territory. The rangers are inside the fort and preparations are being made for the evening meal. It has been a nerve-wracking day. A band of warriors, Pottawatomi maybe, have spent the day harassing the soldiers.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fifth Saturday Celebration in Vandalia included a Civil War encampment, art show, craft show, Christian music festival, classic car cruise and biathlon.
    Robert Burnside was honored for 50 years in the practice of law during the annual meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association.

    35 Years Ago

    1984 –  DRGs (Diagnosis Related Group systems) caused changes at Fayette County Hospital, but quality of care was kept the same.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    This week’s Scrambler: het otw nhsigt oeplep natw reom athn xes ro noyme rea iotcnogrnie nda iresap.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: There is no shame in losing, only in quitting.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, RuthAnn Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Cy Locke, Cheryl and Dan Willis, Edith Elliott, Ed and Doris Young, Roger Mosley, Lyle and Eula Haslett, and Wayne Purtilar.

  • KC doing education center survey

    Kaskaskia College is asking residents to take part in a survey to help the institution best serve its communities through its education centers.
    Residents are asked to go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/kcedcenters and spend a few minutes answering questions about the centers.
    Questions on the survey seek input on the types of programs offered, both credit and non-credit, as well as community education classes for adults, children and seniors.
    The survey will also ask about the centers’ hours of operation.