Local News

  • KC hosting free family violence training

    The Kaskaskia College Industrial and Continuing Education Department is partnering with the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council from the Fourth Judicial Circuit for a free training for EMS personnel, first responders and home health care providers on Thursday, May 5, from 1-4 p.m. in the Life Long Learning Center on the Kaskaskia College main campus.

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  • Farmers can seek assistance for damage from flooding

    The flooding in late December has caused producers in Fayette County to suffer damage to their farmland. Now, producers may be eligible for cost-share assistance under the ECP program to rehabilitate farmland damaged by the flooding.
    This disaster program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, which provides assistance to producers if the damage is so severe that it is too costly to restore themselves.
    Assistance may include removing debris, grading, shaping, or releveling farmland or restoring conservation structures.  

  • 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.