Today's News

  • 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:

  • Cancellations

    • All Tuesday evening activities at Vandalia Junior High School have been canceled.

    • Tuesday games at the the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament have been canceled.  Three games will be played on Wednesday and Thursday, with the first game started at 5:30 p.m.

  • Attend storyboard dedication Sunday

    Like nothing else our community has done in the recent years, the soon-to-be-installed Looking For Lincoln storyboards will tell visitors the fascinating story of Vandalia’s intersection with Abraham Lincoln.

  • Uncles tell of family history in St. Peter

    I think I learned more about my dad’s family from my two bachelor uncles, Renatus "Noddy" and Harold Torbeck, than just about anyone else.

    Of course, by the time I began to drive out to the German Prairie to visit the pair, they were semi-retired and had the time to visit. Uncle Harold would join right in on the conversation, but Uncle Noddy would more or less study the green patterned linoleum in front of his feet and offer a few words here and there.