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  • Bond reduction for Frakes denied

    A Vandalia man charged with child pornography has had his second request for reduction of his bond amount denied.

  • The Giving in Thanksgiving

    Nineteen large turkeys and 18 large cans of green beans and corn, along with a whole lot of mashed potatoes, rolls and cranberry sauce – enough to feed almost 500 people … barely.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 1

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

    Friday, December 2

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Seven years in meth case

    A Brownstown man arrested on multiple methamphetamine charges in January this year has agreed to a prison sentence on one of those charges.

  • School district still waiting for state funds

    The Vandalia School District’s financial picture for the year looks good at this time, given the fact that it has been receiving much of the funds due to them. That will change as the school year progresses, even more dramatically so if it doesn’t receive other monies it is owed.
    “As is tradition with this time of the school year, our fund balances are healthy, based on the fact that we have received all of our (local) property tax monies,” Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told the Vandalia Board of Education last week.

  • City holds on gaming

    Enough is enough.
    In essence, that was the message sent – in two ways – by Vandalia officials on Monday night.
    In a meeting that lasted only about 20 minutes, the Vandalia City Council rejected a proposed increase in the number of city liquor licenses that allow for gaming machines.
    In fact, it rejected the proposal by not even voting on it.

  • Brownstown Kicks Off Holiday Season
  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, November 24

    THANKSGIVING DAY
    ✔ The 10th annual free Community Thanksgiving Meal provided by Fayette County Habitat for Humanity is being held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia. The meal is a community event allowing local residents to celebrate Thanksgiving for others. Reservations are not required.

    Friday, November 25

    ✔ The Leader-Union office will be closed for Thanksgiving.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, November 17

    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ 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.

    Friday, November 18

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday at 4 p.m. Children up to age 10 are invited to listen to stories and decorate cupcakes. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824.

  • County honors Finley, Kelly

    Thirty years ago, Jean Finley broke the gender barrier when she was elected to a District 1 seat on the Fayette County Board. Several years later, she became the first woman chosen to serve as the board’s chairman.