Today's News

  • Bromwell was a prominent figure

    Henry Bromwell was a prominent man in Vandalia in the 1850’s. He did many important things, owned a newspaper, served as county judge and then moved in 1870 to Colorado, where he did more important things, such as being elected to the Territorial Council to establish the state of Colorado. He died in Denver in 1903.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl, who was born in 1945, attended Maple Grove School and lives in Pittsburg. She has a son and a daughter, and a brother and a sister.
    There was no photo last week.

  • Congrats to HOF, Alumni honorees

    Over the weekend, four individuals were added to the Vandalia Community High School's athletic Hall of Fame and three others joined the list of recipients of the school's Distinguished Alumni Award.
    Ryan Ambuehl, Amber Bruno and Luke Schumacher were added to the Hall of Fame for their athletic achievements in a VCHS uniform, and Jason Clay joined the HOF for his success as both a player and coach of VCHS wrestling and football teams.

  • Taste some wines, help the Statehouse

    Local residents will have the opportunity this Saturday to sample some wines and craft beers, listen to local performers and just enjoy a fall afternoon on the lawn of our local treasure.
    At the same time, you will be helping to preserve that treasure, with the proceeds from the Vandalia Historical Society's second annual Wine & Ale with Abe.
    The inaugural event turned out to be an overwhelming success, with a large crowd of people both having fun and helping to supporting the Statehouse window restoration project.

  • Not guilty verdicts in jury trial

    A Fayette County jury deliberated for only about 45 minutes before finding a Vandalia man not guilty on two felony charges.
    Richard D. Eddy, 46, was acquitted on charges of mob action involving force and aggravated battery.
    The trial began with jury selection on Monday and ended on Tuesday afternoon. Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor gave the case to the jury at 1:46 p.m., and the jury returned with a verdict at 2:30 p.m., according to court records.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Caleb W. Warner, 23, 829 W. St. Louis Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 25 on charges of domestic battery, unlawful use or possession of a weapon and bringing contraband into a penal institution. No bond information was listed.
    • Zackary L. Evans, 21, Splendora, Texas, was arrested on Sept. 24 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.
    • Charles W. Leidner Jr., 24, 1103 W. Tower St., Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 24 on a charge of disorderly conduct and for an alleged probation violation. No bond information was listed.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 27

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers are invited to attend.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

    Friday, September 28

  • Terms of separation agreement given

    The terms of the resignation and separation agreement between the Vandalia School District and its business manager include allowing Lori Meseke to receive a salary and benefits through next March.
    The Vandalia Board of Education approved that agreement during its regular meeting last week. The Leader-Union obtained a copy of that “confidential agreement” by filing a Freedom of Information request.
    Some of the points in that agreement are:

  • Homecoming Royalty