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  • St. Elmo bank closed, assets purchased

    In announcing late last week that it had closed a long-time St. Elmo bank, a state agency also reported that the assets of that bank had been purchased.
    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced on Friday that it, in cooperation with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., “took possession and control” of Fayette County Bank, which had been in operation since 1915.

  • City preparing to get new plan

    Mayor Rick Gottman concedes that the preparation of a new comprehensive plan for Vandalia is long overdue. But steps are being taken to remedy the situation.

  • Recycling survey

    City water customers have only a few more days to give their input on a water bill surcharge to help fund local recycling services.
    A survey created by FAYCO Enterprises late last week asks water customers to answer five questions, one of them being, “Are you willing to pay $1.25 per month to continue these (recycling) services?”
    The survey also allows those filling out the survey to make comments on the recycling issue.
    The cutoff for that survey is 8 p.m. on Sunday, with customers able to vote online or on paper.

  • Frogtown News

    Mini-Vacation
    Belinda Harpster and Mahala and Harper Jacquin left on Wednesday of last week to drive to Fort Worth, Texas, to the home of Belinda’s nephew, Dustin Kizziar and family. They attended the high school graduation party of Belinda’s great-nephew, Dawson Kizziar.  Belinda’s sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Terry Kizzar of Gruver, Texas, were also there. They also picked up the French bulldog puppy Poppy that Belinda had bought from a couple in Ponder, Texas. They all returned home on Sunday.

  • School board fills teaching vacancies

    Meeting the final full week of the 2016-17 school year, the Vandalia Board of Education last week handled employment matters related to next year’s faculty lineup.
    The board last Tuesday approved the hiring of Cody Drone for a high school history position, Dana Kern for junior high health, Jessica Sprehe and Whitney Huggins for pre-kindergarten at Vandalia Elementary School and Amanda Moloney as district band instructor.
    The board also accepted the resignation of high school English teacher Rachel Miller.
    Also at last week’s meeting:

  • Addresses being verified for E911

    The work to getting Enhanced 911 emergency phone service available for Fayette County residents is continuing with address verification.
    Kevin Jenne, the county’s E911 coordinator, announced late last week that over the next few weeks, the E911 office will be calling certain phone numbers to verify the addresses where the specific phone service is located.
    Jenne said that the E911 office is working with companies that provide telephone service in the area to clean up phone records that will be used with the landline E911 service.

  • Recycling survey

    Vandalia residents can now vote, either online or on paper, on a proposed water bill surcharge for local recycling services, and they have a little more than a week to do so.
    Kim Taylor, FAYCO Enterprises executive director, announced on Monday that FAYCO had set up a Survey Monkey online survey.
    Residents can connect to the online survey by using links that are on the websites and Facebook pages of The Leader-Union (www.leaderunion.com and www.facebook.com/theleaderunion/) and WKRV/WPMB Radio (http://www.vandaliaradio.com/ and Wkrv Wpmb).

  • Future Miss pageant call-in is Saturday

    A Future Miss Fayette County pageant has been added to the pageant lineup at this year’s FayettteCounty Fair in Brownstown.
    The pageant is open to Fayette County girls who are 3 and 4 on July 18.
    The call-in day for the new pageant is this Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. Call 780-0765; no early calls will be accepted.
     

  • Pool opens this Friday

    The Vandalia Public Swimming Pool will open for the season this Friday, weather permitting. The pool hours are Sunday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and Saturdays 1-5 p.m., only due to private parties. Wednesday mornings, 9-11. There must be at least 10 people present to open the pool on questionable weather days and nights.
    Admission for 2 years and under is free; for everyone else, it is $4. If you pay to swim from 1-5 p.m., you may return from 6-8 for half price; you must get your hand stamped before you leave. Anyone entering the deck area must pay admission.

  • VCHS Graduation