Today's News

  • Jean Freeman has note-worthy career with Sweet Adelines

    Usually, when one thinks of barbershop singing, one pictures men in old-fashioned shirts and striped vests, ties and “garters” on their shirt sleeves, their hair parted in the center and even sporting long, luxurious handlebar mustaches.

    The award-winning “Sweet Adelines,” a group of harmonizing ladies, has provided quite a different picture.

    Jean Freeman of Vandalia is a member of this group and part of the performance that recently won the award for the best small chorus in the world, the Harmony Achievement Award.

  • Lincoln wayside exhibits a great addition to the community

    As much history as there is inside the Vandalia Statehouse, tourists visiting Illinois’ oldest capitol have only been able to learn part of the story about Abraham Lincoln’s time in our community.

    Now, they can learn the rest of the story, thanks to local historian Dale Timmermann and Vandalia’s Looking for Lincoln Committee.

    The committee, led by Bill Donaldson, celebrated yet another milestone on Sunday, when it dedicated its 10 Lincoln wayside exhibits.

    Those exhibits tell important stories about Lincoln’s time in Vandalia.

  • Schwarms settle Hickory Creek bottoms

    Several years ago, I was caught unawares at the Ingram Log Cabin Village in Kinmundy. There I was, without a camera, standing in front of the Schwarm family log cabin that had once stood along Hickory Creek, right here in Fayette County!

    So, when an ad in the newspaper told that the village was open the weekend of Oct. 13, I grabbed my husband, Dale, and my camera, hopped in the car and visited the village.

  • Vandalia School District on pace with budget

    After holding a public hearing and passing a tax levy increase for district taxpayers, the Vandalia Board of Education tackled a relatively light agenda for its regular meeting Tuesday night.

    Superintendent Rich Well told the board that all local tax monies have been received for the fiscal year, which ends June 30.

    “Those revenues are what we have to live on for the rest of the fiscal year,” he said. “So far, our expenditures are on pace with the budget.”

  • Youngsters help Vandals move to 6-0

     Two weeks into the 2008-09 season, the Vandalia wrestling team finds itself in the exact same position it was in a year ago - undefeated.

    But in sharp contrast to last season, when seven senior starters led a veteran team to a fast start, underclassmen have played a huge role in the Vandals' perfect start this time around.

  • St. Elmo Tourney is on for Wednesday

    Play in the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament will continue on Wednesday, with play beginning at 5:30 p.m.

    The schedule for Wednesday is:

    • 5:30-Altamont vs. Ramsey

    • 7-Mulberry Grove vs. Beecher City

    •8:30-South Central vs. Cowden-Herrick.

  • Wednesday's St. Elmo Tournament games will be played

    Wednesday's games at the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament WILL be played. 

    The slate is as follows:

    Game 1 – Altamont (1) vs. Ramsey (8), 5:30 p.m.

  • Governor betrays citizens of state

    Tuesday was a sad day for Illinois.

    With former governor George Ryan already in prison, Gov. Rod Blagojevich was taken into custody by FBI agents at his Chicago home Tuesday morning on a wide variety of corruption charges.

  • Videos added to L-U Web site

    We have added to this Web site this week the capability of providing video clips of community events.

    Three videos, all from Sunday's dedication ceremony for Vandalia's Looking for Lincoln wayside exhibits, are currently on the Web site.

    To access the videos, go to the News Headlines section lower on this page and use the scroll bar to locate them.

    The addition of videos is among the latest of improvements to www.leaderunion.com. Others include photo galleries and the capability of displaying numerous photos with stories that appear on this site.

  • Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. – State superintendent OKs consolidation petition

    Regional Superintendent of Schools Mark Drone just reported that the state superintendent of schools has approved the consolidation petition that he submitted on behalf of the Brownstown and St. Elmo School Districts.

    Drone released the following information by e-mail this morning: