Local News

  • The low-speed vehicle ordinance rejected by the Fayette County Board

    ORDINANCE NO. 2016-04-14-D
    WHEREAS, Fayette County, Illinois (the “County”), has heretofore been duly organized and is now operating as a county under the provisions of the Illinois counties code, and all laws mandatory thereof and supplementary thereto (the “Code”); and

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, April 21

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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

    Saturday, April 23

  • Another county fund transfer narrowly passes

    As the Fayette County Board approved yet another loan from its capital improvement fund last Thursday, one board member said that the county is only continuing to make such transfers without a plan.
    The board barely approved a $145,742 transfer from that fund so the county could make a workers’ compensation and liability insurance payment, with the vote being 7-6.

  • TIF OK'd for move by Sears

    In what was basically an emergency decision, the Vandalia City Council on Monday approved a Tax Increment Financing agreement that will not only keep a business in Vandalia, but also provide that chain store with more space.
    The council approved a TIF grant of up to $65,750 to Michael and JoEllen Wehrle, with that amount being about half of the estimated cost to renovate the Wehrle property in Veterans Plaza at 1611 Veterans Ave.
    The Wehrles are renovating the area south of Los Amigos Restaurant to accommodate the move of the local Sears from Vandalia Commons.

  • Low-speed vehicle law rejected

    Five months after it tabled an initial ordinance governing the use of low-speed vehicles on rural roads in the county, the Fayette County Board rejected a second version.
    But at least one board member said that he wants to continue an effort to enact such an ordinance.

  • In this week's issue: Low-speed vehicle ordinance rejected by county board

    The Fayette County Board voted 8-5 on Thursday to reject a proposed low-speed vehicle ordinance for the county.

    That ordinance is in this week's issue and will also be available here at www.leaderunion.com.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 14

    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ Fayette County Real Estate, located at 725 W. Fillmore St. in Vandalia, will host a Chamber Business After-Hours from 5-7 p.m.

  • Gardening webinar twice later this month

    The spring series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program, which focuses on environmental stewardship, home gardening, and backyard food production, gets underway this month.
    The first session of the series, “WaterSmart Gardening,” will be offered on April 26 at 1:30 p.m. and again on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The sessions will be presented via computer at the U of I Extension office at 118 N. Sixth St. in Vandalia.   

  • City administrator in budget, but on hold

    Vandalia officials will for the second year in a row include in its budget funding for a city administrator. But the state’s budget impasse could be a major factor in whether they continue the process of filling that vacancy.
    “I’m working on putting that in the budget,” Mayor Rick Gottman said last week about the city administrator post.
    In fact, the city was moving toward filling that post in the midst of the state’s budget impasse.

  • Legion looks for local vets

    A local veterans’ organization that has among its objectives assisting those who have served in this country’s armed forces has begun an effort to bring those individuals into the fold.
    At the same time, it’s looking to find local veterans who need its assistance.
    “We definitely would like to increase our membership,” Mary Truitt of the veterans committee of Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95.
    This effort began as the Legion and Auxiliary discussed how they can or should use donations given on Poppy Day.