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Today's News

  • Keep service in 'postal service'

    Though the battle probably is not over, the people of the United States were the winners when last Wednesday the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors announced that six-day mail delivery will continue. At least for the time being.
    The decision came after months of rumors that the postal service had targeted Saturday delivery as a way to cut costs. The proposal had been vigorously opposed by newspapers and other business-related organizations, which feared that five-day delivery would disrupt the distribution of time-sensitive newspapers and business mailings.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Leroy W. Ishum, 44, RR 2, Brownstown, was arrested on April 16 on a small claims warrant. Bond was $223 cash.
    • Jory A. Moore, 24, East St. Louis, was arrested on April 15 on charges of driving with a suspended license and speeding. Bond was $1,500.
    • Bambi N. Buie, 24, 2322 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 15 on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of more than 2.5 grams of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $7,500.

  • News Briefs

    Band Boosters accepting items for sale

    The Vandalia Band Boosters are asking for items to be donated for a rummage sale it will hold on Saturday, April 20, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    Items can be dropped off at the Moose Lodge from noon-7 p.m. on Thursday or from noon-5 p.m. on Friday.
    The band is facing large budget cuts, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit the band. For more information, or for help with large items, contact Champion Trophies & T's at 283-7062 or NAPA Auto Parts at 283-3053.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 18
    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Saturday, April 20

  • Lisa Moore joins L-U ad staff

    Lisa Moore has been named the new advertising sales representative for The Leader-Union.

  • City officials discuss treasurer position

    Mayor Ricky Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that he will soon be announcing his department head and council committee appointments.
    And, as he announced his intention to appoint an employee in the city clerk’s office to the city treasurer post, questions from one aldermen led to considerable discussion.

  • Stewart turns family garage into bakery

    Five miles north of Brownstown, on the southwest corner, stands a landmark familiar to Brownstown-Sefton people, but also to anyone who had to have their truck tested or who needed a mechanic.

  • Niemerg leaving VCHS post for job in Sigel

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Vandalia Community High School Assistant Principal Nick Niemerg, effective June 30.
    Niemerg, 32, who taught high school science for five years and has been the assistant principal for the past two years, will become principal of St. Michael Grade School in Sigel. The school has about 120 students in grades K-8.

  • Eason stepping down from police chief post

    The man who has served as Vandalia’s police chief for the past six years is stepping down from that position.

  • The Abes are returning

    Ten years ago, a city resident who has long been known as “Abe” successfully campaigned for bringing the Association of Lincoln Presenters to Vandalia for the group’s annual convention.