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  • 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
  • Recycling survey now online!

    FAYCO Enterprises has created a Survey Monkey on the proposal to add a $1.25 monthly surcharge to the water bills of city water customers.
    If you are a customer, you can take the survey by using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X8J8C3G

  • Birthdays

    Denise Corbell
    Nearly 40 family members gathered on April 15 at the Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia to celebrate Denise Corbell’s 95th birthday.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 18

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Fayette County Health Hospice's grief support group meets from 6-7 p.m. at the FCHD office, 416 W. Edwards St., Vandalia. For more information, contact hospice coordinator Jami Lockart, 283-7262.

    Friday, May 19

  • Frakes sentencing delayed

    The sentencing hearing for the Vandalia man convicted of child pornography charges in February has been delayed until early next month.
    The sentencing for William Frakes was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, but his attorney, Monroe McWard of Taylorville, had earlier in the day faxed a motion requesting that it be reset.
    The sentencing is now set for 1 p.m. on Friday, June 9
    Frakes, 56, was found guilty of three counts of child pornography at the conclusion of a jury trial.