• Maintenance of parks, paths is appreciated

    My wife and I would like to express our appreciation to the Vandalia Park District Board and the people who care for our parks.
    The park was kept open this winter, which allowed us to walk our dogs and have a place to put trash.
    We noticed several people who used the park as a quiet place to stay in their automobiles and each their lunch.
    Also, a big thank you to Randy Edwards for blading the snow off the trail. Without his help, we wouldn’t have walked nearly as often as we did.

  • Chief Taylor deserves our gratitude for 35 years of VVFD service

    I hope the citizens of Vandalia, and most importantly, the majority members of Vandalia¹s Volunteer Fire Department, realize how much of a loss they have suffered with the recent change in the chief of the fire department.

  • Happy with status quo? If not, vote on March 18

    Do you like the status quo?
    More than 6,700 state government retirees’ get over $100,000 a year in pension! It’s been going up by 25 percent a year for eight years.
    But the lowly taxpayer who must pay them earns an average of less than $49,000 a year! That’s you and me. Does this make you mad?
    The Democrats' new “pension reform” law does nothing to change this. They control the Illinois house, senate and governor’s office. Do you want to keep them in control on March 18?
    David Schaefer

  • Pets not cared for in bitterly cold weather

    This letter concerns two dogs that live outside year around. The owner does not care for them, but relies on a Good Samaritan neighbor, who feeds the animals every evening. The large dog has a make-shift fence with a dog house inside. The neighbor supplies straw that he stuffs inside the house and has also hung pieces of tarp around the fence. The small dog is not in the shelter, but lives tied up next to it.

  • Blood donors come out in bad weather

    My compliments to the people of our community.
    The local Rotary Club sponsors a Red Cross blood drive six times a year, with Howard White and Larry Cable serving as co-chairmen.
    The last one was Tuesday, Jan. 21. As you may remember, it was a very cold, blustery day, with snow and ice

  • Explicit lyrics aren't appropriate at school

    All of the patrons at last Friday night’s Vandalia Community High School boys junior varsity basketball game got quite a shock. I am not talking about a last-second buzzer-beater – or anything to do with the game, for that matter.

  • Winter storm brings out area's hospitality

    On Sunday, Jan. 5, two of our adult sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters, ages 3 months and 3 years, were returning home to Mississippi from a belated Christmas holiday at our daughter’s home in Decatur. They tried to beat the winter storm, but got caught just outside of Farina on County Road 2400E and became trapped in a snow bank.

  • Support your local hospital



    I'm writing because of some comments I've heard about Fayette County Hospital. We are lucky to have a hospital that size.

  • AFSCME president comments on attack


  • DOC rep addresses incident

    The Leader-Union story last week on the Vandalia Correctional Center inmate striking an officer contained numerous inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims by Denny O’Malley, the vice president of Local 993 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. While The Leader-Union did call the Illinois Department of Corrections about the incident, it did not give us an opportunity to respond to these numerous false claims.