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  • 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.

  • Fire destroys home Tuesday

    A fire early Tuesday morning destroyed a home southeast of Vandalia.

  • State tourism director praises local residents' contributions

    Despite its financial problems in recent years, Illinois is continuing to focus on attracting tourists to the state … and is experiencing success in that area, according to the state’s tourism director.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas is this weekend

    The holiday season kicks off in Vandalia this weekend with the annual Olde Tyme Christmas observance.

  • Two TIF grants, one double recommended amount

    The Vandalia City Council approved two Tax Increment Financing contributions on Monday, doubling the amount recommended by the city’s TIF advisory committee for one of those projects.
    Austin Holdings Group Inc. is taking on a major renovation of the building at 112 N. Sixth St., the former home of he Eagles Club, with plans to use that building for a sports bar/restaurant.

  • Burger King out, Kate's Place in

    The Vandalia City Council held on Monday a first reading for two applications for liquor licenses that would allow video gaming, one of which would represent a major change at a business on the city’s north side.
    Teutopolis-based Meyer Oil Co. has applied for a Class A license, and Randy Meyer told city officials that video gaming would be housed in the space currently occupied by Burger King.

  • Republicans win contested races

    Tuesday could be called Red Tuesday, with Republicans posting wins across the United States at all levels. Fayette County was part of that trend, with Republicans winning all contested races.

  • Pedestrian hit, killed in Saturday accident

    A St. Elmo man sustained fatal injuries while walking along U.S. Route 40 just west of St. Elmo early Saturday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Gregory B. Stoner, 50, had crashed his vehicle in a private driveway and was walking west in the driving lane of Route 40 when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Ashley N. Lakin, 22, of Brownstown.
    According to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, the accident occurred shortly after 3 a.m., and Stoner was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:56 a.m.