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  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 7

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ 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, March 8

  • Taylor picked to succeed retiring Lindberg at FAYCO

    The man who has served as the executive director for FAYCO Enterprises the past quarter century has announced his upcoming retirement. He has also announced the person who will succeed him.

  • City adds liquor license

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to add a liquor license, action that should help bring another restaurant to town.
    The council voted 5-2 to increase the number of Class E license to eight, two weeks after a Greenville couple announced its request.
    At the Feb. 18 council meeting, Vicki Ellsworth said that she and her husband, Rob, would like to have the license for a sit-down style restaurant they hope to develop.

  • Cavaletto opposes cellphone ban

    State Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem) voted against legislation presented last Thursday that would ban the use of cellphones while driving in Illinois. Despite his opposition, the cellphone ban was approved by the Illinois House.
    “The problem we have in Illinois, and our nation, is government is too involved in our lives,” Cavaletto said.
    “Banning cell phones won’t stop car accidents from taking place. People can still be distracted by eating, listening to the radio, putting on makeup or in a bunch of other ways,” he said.

  • Young Leaders meeting is on March 13

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. next Wednesday to reorganize the Fayette County Young Leaders group.
    That meeting will be held in the basement of the Fayette County Farm Bureau building at 1125 Sunset Drive in Vandalia.
    Young Leaders are those individuals of ages 18-35 who are involved in farming.
    The Young Leaders group is a way for young farmers to interact with other farmers their age, share ideas and have a voice in the future of farming.

  • Dual purpose training

    In what served as a dual-purpose training session, a group of law enforcement personnel from throughout this part of the state conducted an exercise on Friday afternoon at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Lindberg retiring from FAYCO; Taylor promoted

    After 25 years as the executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, Bob Lindberg is retiring.

    And, as Lindberg announced his retirement on Monday, he also announced that Kim Taylor, a 29-year employee of FAYCO, will succeed him as executive director.

    More on the story in this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Genealogical Society to publish family history book

    The Fayette County Genealogical Society (FCGHS) has voted to sponsor the writing and publishing of a book length history of Fayette County families.
    The primary content of the book will be family histories.
    Each Fayette County family will be asked to write a historical sketch not to exceed 500 words. This sketch and one photo will be published free.
    Additional text will be charged at 15 cents per word and photos will cost $15 each.
    The book will also include a general county history.

  • New automation program at Evans Library

    Over the next few weeks, Evans Public Library will be undergoing some significant changes.
    On July 1 of last year, the four automated library consortia in Illinois Heartland Library System –  eICat, GateNet, LINC and SilNet – merged to form SHARE (Sharing Heartland’s Available Resources Equally).
    SHARE encompasses 427 libraries throughout the southern half of Illinois.
    On April 9, SHARE will go live with a new automation platform known as Polaris.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Patricia L. Langley, 48, Effingham, was arrested on Feb. 25 for failure to appear in court on an ordinance violation charge. Bond was $100, and she was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Mitchell R. Dunigan, 21, Nokomis, was arrested on Feb. 25 on charges of home invasion, mob action and criminal trespass to a residence. No bond information was listed.
    • Todd L. Parke, 38, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.