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  • Reservations taken for Soroptimist banquet

    The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, March 23, at Days Inn in Vandalia, at 6:30 p.m.
    Reservations for the banquet should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth, 283-2989, no later than Monday, March 19.  Limited seating is available, so early registrations are requested.
    The local Soroptimist Club is honoring three women in the Soroptimist International of America programs:  Trisha Holliday, Women’s Opportunity Award; Katie Shields, Violet Richardson Award; and Laurie Mabry, Ruby Award (Women Helping Women).

  • News Briefs

    Santorum stop in Vandalia canceled

    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's campaign stop in Vandalia on Saturday afternoon has been canceled.

    Gottman a panelist at state conference

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman is among the participants in the Illinois Governor's Conference on Tourism this week

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 15

    ✔ 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 16

  • Santorum stop in Vandalia canceled

    A campaign stop in Vandalia on Saturday by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been canceled.

    Steve Riddle, site superintendent of the Vandalia Statehouse, told The Leader-Union at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday that he had been notified of the cancellation.

    Riddle said he was told that Santorum's campaign group originally planned to drive through the area, but is now traveling through Illinois by plane.

  • News Briefs

    VCHS play is
    next weekend

    The annual Vandalia Community High School play will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17.
    This year's play is "The Perils of Lulu."
    Admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults.

    OUR PLACE still
    taking cards

    OUR PLACE Youth Center is still accepting all types of used cards.
    Being accepted are Christmas, birthday, thank you, sympathy and get well cards.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 8

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The United Methodist Men will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. The proceeds will be used to support the United Methodist Men's projects.

  • Altamont man dies in Sunday morning wreck

    An Altamont man was killed in a one-vehicle accident east of St. Elmo early Sunday morning.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Matthew D. Manley, 20, was driving a Chevrolet east on U.S. Route 40, about two miles east of St. Elmo, when his vehicle left the roadway on the north side and struck an embankment.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, who pronounced Manley dead at 4:38 a.m., said the vehicle came to rest in a creek bed.
    The St. Elmo Fire Department responded to the scene for extrication.

  • Time change is Sunday

    Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday

  • State pays city for VCC water service

    The city of Vandalia has been working a long time to see that the state of Illinois gets caught up on payments owed for water and sewer service provided to Vandalia Correctional Center.
    On Monday, City Clerk Peggy Bowen told the Vandalia City Council that that goal had been reached, thanks to state Sen. John O. Jones (R-Mt. Vernon).
    Bowen reminded aldermen on Monday that Jones had recently helped to get about $181,000 from the state, and that Jones pledged to stay on top of the matter.

  • Two have new meth charges

    Two individuals who are awaiting trials on methamphetamine charges were arrested last week on new meth charges.
    Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel last Friday filed information that charges Eric Hohlt and Angela M. Bone with three felony meth offenses.
    Both Hohlt and Bone have been charged with:
    • Participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class X felony punishable by up to 40 years in prison.