Local News

  • 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.

  • Farina woman charged with meth offenses

    A Farina woman has been jailed on six methamphetamine charges after the execution of a search warrant last Friday.

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  • Low-speed vehicles

    A topic of interest for many Fayette County residents who have all-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles will be discussed, and possibly acted on, at Thursday’s meeting of the Fayette County.
    Items on the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse include an ordinance “approving the operation of low-speed vehicles within the limits of Fayette County.”

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, April 7

    ✔ 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.

    Friday, April 8

  • Voter mailing not coming from county clerk

    Fayette County Clerk Vicky L. Conder announced on Monday that all election authorities were recently advised by the Illinois State Board of Elections of a mailing that has gone out in March from the Voter Participation Center in Chicagoto all non-registered voters in Illinois, and that a second similar mailing is going out this summer.
    This mailing contains a letter from the VPA and a voter registration form with the name and address of each applicable election authority for their reference should they wish to register to vote.