Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – An evening house fire in Vernon claimed the lives of Elzy and Pauline Gehrken.
    Brownstown Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Jones reported that the district needed to take on a construction project to ease overcrowding at the elementary school. The district filed an application for state funds to help with the project.
    The Vandalia City Council approved an ordinance allowing for massage therapy and tanning parlors in the city.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: ibaiytl liwl enrve tachc pu tiwh eht mednda rof ti.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.

  • A ceremony worthy of a tail-wagging

    It was a year ago that Second Chance Animal Rescue joined with Vandalia Correctional Center for a program to benefit the rescue and VCC, as well as offenders at the state prison.
    On Saturday morning, the one-year anniversary of the TAILS (Teaching Animals & Offenders Like Skills) was celebrated with a ceremony that included recognition of offenders who have completed the TAILS program.
    It also included one of the Second Chance's latest adoptions.

  • Picking Vandalia as the capital

    Seated around the fire inside the inn at Carlyle, the commissioners, having spent several days traversing the forest after leaving Kaskaskia, were resting from the efforts of the day.
    In the group were four of the five legislators elected on March 30 to act as commissioners to locate the site to serve as state capitol for 20 years.
    In the group were William C. Greenup, Beal Greenup, Thomas Cox, Levi Compton and William Alexander.  

  • Hurley participating in warfare exercise

    By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jackson Brown, Navy Office of Community Outreach
    Photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication
    Specialist Gary Ward
    PEARL HARBOR – A 2015 Vandalia Community High School graduate and Vandalia, Illinois, native is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise known as the Rim of the Pacific.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 2

    ✔ Registration for students in the Patoka School District will be held from noon-6 p.m.

    Friday, August 3

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    ✔ The final 20 & Over Night at Vandalia Swimming Pool from 8-10 p.m. Admission is $2 per person.

    Sunday, August 5

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School distribution
    Tools for School, a program that provides free basic supplies to in-need students in Fayette County, pre-K through college.
    The program will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia, on the following dates and times: Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 9-10, 9 a.m.7 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.

  • Mosquitoes here tested positive for West Nile

    Jodi Smith, director of environmental health for the Fayette County Health Department said late last week,  “Routine mosquito testing has identified the first West Nile virus positive batch of mosquitoes in Fayette County in 2018.
    “These results demonstrate the continued need for people to ensure they are protected from mosquito bites.”
    The mosquito sample was collected in rural Beecher City last Tuesday and tested last Wednesday.

  • State, Federal Authorities at Area Residence