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  • Council OKs TIF agreement for Depot

    The family planning to revive The Depot restaurant and bar has had two parts of its funding packets approved within the past week.

    Four days after the Fayette County Board approved a $21,500 loan from the county’s revolving loan fund to the Truitt family, the Vandalia City Council approved a Tax Increment Financing agreement with the Truitts.

  • State cutting funding for schools

    Though the Vandalia Community School District finished the fiscal year in the black, the outlook for continuing funding from the state is decidedly gray.

    Superintendent Rich Well said Tuesday that the new state budget allows the Illinois School Board only half the funding it had last year. If those numbers hold, several programs may have to be trimmed or cut out entirely, he said.

  • ETSB selects addressing firm for E911

    The committee charged with overseeing the implementation of Enhanced 911 service in Fayette County has hired a firm to handle one of the first major steps in the implementation process.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel reported at the board’s meeting last Thursday that the Emergency Telephone System Board has hired The Sidwell Co. for the addressing work required for the county’s E911 system.

    That work will entail establishing addresses for all land in the county, including rural areas.

  • Downtown project still ahead of schedule

    Some local residents may have the impression that Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project is moving rather slow. Actually, however, quite the opposite is true.

    “We’re about five weeks ahead of schedule,” Terry Fields, site superintendent for Hank’s Excavating of Belleville, said on Wednesday morning.

    Fields and Lorne Jackson of HMG Engineers in Carlyle gave favorable updates on the project during Vandalia Main Street’s “Mornings on Main Street” meeting at the Fayette County Museum.

  • Local fight to save VCC jobs under way

    Shortly after the state’s top legislators worked with Gov. Pat Quinn on hammering out a new state budget, local legislators had no new information about proposed layoffs at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) and state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Highland) were among those attending a meeting last Thursday that was set up by Vandalia officials to develop a plan to fend off the proposed layoffs.

    After lawmakers continued their opposition to tax increases, Quinn said the state would begin the process of laying off 2,600 state employees.

  • Randi Evans wins Junior Miss crown

    Randi Evans won the Junior Miss Fayette County crown on Tuesday evening.

    The Junior Miss pageant was held on Tuesday evening during the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

  • Tritt, Hayes win pageants

    Lauren Tritt, 18, of Vandalia, was crowned the 2009 Miss Fayette County Fair on Monday night at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.

    Brenna Hayes, 6, won the Little Miss Fayette County Fair crown on Monday night.

    Videos of dances from the pageants area available in the Slide Show/Local Videos area of our Web site. Scroll down on the home page to access those videos.

    The Junior Miss Fayette County pageant is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

    More photos from the pageants will appear on www.leaderunion.com this week.

  • Entries taken for karaoke contest at fair

    Entries are now being accepted for the karaoke contest that will be held next Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Fair.

     

    Entries are now being accepted for the karaoke contest that will be held next Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Fair.

     

    The contest, sponsored by WKRV Radio in Vandalia, will be held at 7:30 p.m.

     

    Cash prizes will be awarded.

     

    To register, contact WKRV Radio at 283-2325 during normal business hours.

  • Quinn's layoffs include 127 at VCC

    After state lawmakers have voiced their opposition to tax increases, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Tuesday his plan for sweeping layoffs in state agencies, including 127 at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    Saying that he was vetoing much of the budget OK’d by legislators two months ago, Quinn said he was initiating the layoffs of 2,500 state workers.

    Quinn also said that his plans include furlough days for both union and non-union employees, and that he would initiate 2,500 more layoffs if those employees fail to go along with the furlough days.

  • Debit card fraud

    Area residents who use debit cards from their banks should be checking their bank accounts to make sure their cards haven’t been used by others for purchases in other states.

    That advice was given by Vandalia’s police chief and a local bank president after the discovery of local debit cards being compromised.

    Police Chief Larry Eason said on Monday that his department had heard from 25-30 residents who had learned of fraudulent purchases on their debit cards.