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Today's News

  • Enoch here before county founded

    John Enochs was one of the earliest settlers of Fayette County, having settled here in 1820, one year before the county was established.

  • Congratulations, graduates!

    Some have already walked across the stage. Many others will do so this weekend.
    It's graduation time at area high schools.
    That signifies the end of many years of hard work, and also a time to move on to the next stage in life.
    For some, it means continuing their education at a junior college, university or trade school. For others, it means stepping right into the work force full time.
    As they accept their diplomas, this year's graduates need to take advantage of what's been given to them to prepare for the future ahead.

  • Langston worthy of honor

    Vandalia native Mark Langston is proof that hard work, ingenuity and perseverance can result in success. Last Thursday, Kaskaskia College recognized Langston for that success.
    The college presented Langston with the Teachers and Coaches Entrepreneurship Program Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
    Twenty-four years ago, Langston established a marketing and fulfillment services business. Sixteen years ago, he expanded his business to his hometown. And he has continued to expand that business here.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia Soroptimists hosted a Soroptimist Orientation Leadership Training Seminar in Vandalia. Two St. Louis clubs were guests.
    Sophomore Michelle Kaiser had two home runs and 10 RBI in a softball game with Sandoval.
    Heaton-Heistand Veterinary Clinic opened in Vandalia.
    Sgt. John Morrison was selected as Vandalia Correctional Center Officer of the year.

    35 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: fi uoy cta ni asulu yasw, oyu no'tw teg enwaehyr.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: Nature creates ability; luck provides it with opportunity
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, Cy Locke, Ruth Ann Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Lyle and Eula Haslett, Andrew Crosswait, Madison Losland, Wayne Purtilar, Ed and Doris Young, and Roger Mosley.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Dawn M. Carter, 20, Watson, was arrested on May 13 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $1,500.
    • Kendall L. Warner, 46, 612 W. Gallatin St., Apt. 5, Vandalia, was arrested on May 13 on charges of a person over the age of 60, impersonating a peace officer and resisting a peace, and for allegedly violation bail bond. No bond information was listed.
    • Rebecca A. Seaton, 52, Beecher City, was arrested on May 13 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $300.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Gregory D. Allen, 22, of St. Louis, Mo., was arrested on May 7 for an alleged probation violation. No bond information was listed.
    • James W. Ledbetter, 40, of Altamont, was arrested on May 7 for failure to appear in court and on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of a hypodermic needle. Bond was $15,000.
    • Miranda D. Ledbetter, 39, South Eighth Street, Vandalia, was arrested on May 7 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 9

    ✔ The Vandalia Historical Society is holding its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Vandalia Statehouse. All members are invited to attend, as are others who are interested in becoming a member.

    Friday, May 10

    ✔ Bingo at the American Legion Home in Vandalia at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    ✔ Commencement exercises for Patoka High School are at 7 p.m.

    Saturday, May 11

  • OSBG work day is next Saturday

    R.I.P. (Restoration in Progress) will be sponsoring its third annual Community Action Team next Saturday to work at the Old State Burial Ground in Vandalia, financially supported by Thrivent Financial.
    The purpose of the Community Action Team is to bring community members together, to live generously, by volunteering to accomplish an unmet need in the community – the restoration and preservation of the Old State Burial Ground.