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Today's News

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Potts story before moving here

    Many of the columns I write require several weeks of research before they are ready to be included in The Leader-Union.
    Other stories are more easily told. This story, about William Potts, is one of these.
    The Potts family settled in Illinois in about 1829, and although they made contributions to their adoptive state, it is the history of the family before coming to Illinois that is my subject today.

  • Capitol project proof of how VCC is good partner

    For the second time in a year, Vandalia Correctional Center has proven that it can be a good partner with the community.
    Last August, VCC and Second Chance Animal Rescue initiated a partnership through which offenders train dogs received by the rescue, making them more attractive for adoption. All indications are that that partnership is working out very well.

  • Take in the Grande Levée

    This is the weekend where we celebrate our town's rich history with a two-day celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Whether you've been to a Grande Levée in the past or have never experienced one, we know that the Friday night and Saturday event is one that you will enjoy.
    Check out the schedule on Page 10A of this issue and plan out your weekend at the Statehouse.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: This photo of a couple who will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on June 30 was taken 63 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 – The Vandalia City Council approved a pay hike of 3 percent for those city employees who are not covered by unions. Union employees in the public works and police departments received the same pay hikes through union contracts. Those given pay increases by the council include workers in the city clerk’s office.
    The list of candidates for chief of police in Vandalia was narrowed from 32 to seven by city officials.

  • Grande Levée is this Friday and Saturday

    FRIDAY
    • 5-7 p.m.: Old-fashioned ham and beans dinner on Statehouse lawn, sponsored by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance.
    • 5-8 p.m.:  Ice cream sponsored by Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Tours of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Grand Camera Obscura.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Mr. Lincoln (Randy Duncan) roaming the grounds.
    • 6-8 p.m.: Chris Vallillo, “Abraham. Lincoln in Song” (folk music). Take lawn chairs.
    SATURDAY

  • Renovation of Holiday Inn Express complete

    The Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia celebrated a multi-million dollar renovation of the hotel with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house last Thursday afternoon.

  • No trial date set yet in murder case

    The attorney for a Mulberry Grove man charged with murder in February of this year on Friday told a judge he has a lot of work yet to do.
    Fayette County Public Defender William Starnes, who is representing David Leroy Bright, told Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor, “The (amount) of discovery is voluminous.
    “Setting a trial date now would be premature,” Starnes said.
    Starnes told Sheafor that he needs time to determine whether he will need to call expert witnesses at trial.

  • Ribbon-Cutting for Renovated EMA Operations Center