Today's News

  • KC Phase II still in state budget

    Like his predecessor, the president of Kaskaskia College said that the state has included in its budget funding for the second phase of the KC Vandalia Campus.

  • Halloween in Vandalia
  • Election is Tuesday

    With the general election ballot full of races, including some local contests, Fayette County voters have many reasons to go to the polls.
    And in Vandalia, residents will be deciding on a one-half percent sales tax increase proposed by the city.
    In asking residents to increase the sales tax, Vandalia officials say they would use half of the new revenue toward city infrastructure.
    In addition to maintenance of the existing infrastructure, the money would go toward the construction of a new water treatment plant, estimated to cost more than $20 million.

  • Three families moving to area

    The families who made their home in Fayette County came from many places and situations, and for various reasons. In this column, I will touch on three of these families who, for the most part, settled in Bear Grove and Seminary townships.
    The Jacob Cripe family was one of the first Pennsylvania Dutch families to settle in Fayette County. Born 1815 in Montgomery County, Ohio, he was the son of Jacob Cripe, who was “bound” to his father until he reached age 21.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1988 – The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue truck sustained major damage when it jumped into gear and rolled down the embankment after being called to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. Route 51 and Van Tran Ave.
    Ramsey won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament. Shanin Whitten of Ramsey was named tournament MVP.
    Beth Herrington and Cindy Harrison represented Vandalia Community High School at the IHSA State Tennis Tournament.

  • Congrats ... and good luck

    It's been another successful season for the Vandalia Community High School varsity football team, one that we hope continues on after this Saturday.
    The Vandals have finished the regular season with a 7-2 record, which was good enough to make them a host for a first-round game in the IHSA playoffs.
    We congratulate coach Jason Clay, his coaching staff and the Vandals players for what they have accomplished thus far, and wish them luck as they host Paxton-Buckley-Loda in the 2 p.m. game on Saturday.

  • Clearing up sales tax votes

    Some local residents are saying that they are supporting a sales tax increase for schools in Fayette County this November. But, that vote is not until next spring.
    The sales tax increase on the November general election ballot is for the city of Vandalia.
    There was bound to be confusion when the city council voted this fall to put a sales tax increase vote on the November ballot, then school districts in the county voted to put an increase vote on the ballot during the consolidated election on April 2 next year.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    This week’s Scrambler: mrebeemr atht dritec si noyme.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kevin L. Cosnell, 32, Pekin, was arrested on Oct. 23 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. No bond information was listed.
    • Julia A. Davis, 327 E. 1000 Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 22 on a charge of criminal damage to property. Bond was $1,500.
    • Justin K. Maness, 23, 701 N. Locust St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 22 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $3,500.
    • Amanda L. Donley, 34, 317 S. Valentine, Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 22 on a charge of retail theft. Bond was $7,500.