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  • Augsburg Angels will host free-will dinner Sunday

     The Augsburg Angels Relay For Life team will be hosting a free-will offering dinner at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Augsburg this Sunday in the fellowship hall.

    Porcelain crosses will be available for $3 each, and there will be a 50/50 drawing.

  • Library, park boards explain plans at public meeting

    About 25 local residents attended a meeting recently to learn about the Evans Public Library District’s plan to build sometime in the future a new facility on land now owned by the Vandalia Park District.
    Mark Miller, president of the park board, served as moderator for the meeting held at the library, which he said was being held to get residents’ opinions on the preliminary proposal to use the land now housing Evans Youth Center for a new library.

  • City OKs animal control contract

    Even though several aldermen expressed concerns, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a contract with Fayette County for animal control services.
    The agreement calls for the city to pay the county $10,500 per year for the next five years. Dr. Connie Heaton receives $58,000 annually to provide the service for the entire county.
    The city was the final municipality in the county to sign an agreement with the county for animal control. The other municipalities were included when the county approved a new agreement with Heaton in February.

  • Plans for more downtown work shown

    A meeting last week on more streetscape improvements in downtown Vandalia included the presentation of an option calling for the removal of a downtown landmark.
    The Vandalia City Council’s streets committee conducted last meeting last Wednesday afternoon, with members of the city’s downtown advisory committee, Fayette County representatives and members of the St. James Lutheran Church congregation also on hand.

  • Community Calendar-March 24, 2011

    Thursday, March 24

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    ✔ The St. Elmo School District will hold an informational meeting on the county school facility sales tax at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

  • Rotary Blood Drive Challenge

    The Vandalia Rotary Club is challenging First Baptist Church of Vandalia to see which group can produce the most blood donors in this Tuesday’s blood drive. The winning group receives a $200 prize, provided this month by Midland States Bank. If it wins, the Rotary Club, represented by president Kevin Childers, right, will give the prize money to Relay for Life, while the church, represented by the Rev. Robert Weaver, left, will give the prize money to Lighthouse Pregnancy Center. The blood drive is scheduled for next Tuesday from noon-6 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.

  • New Judge Marc Kelly takes oath of office

    Marc Kelly, a native of Vandalia who has been practicing law with the local firm of Burnside, Johnston, Sheafor and Kelly, became the newest judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit during a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday. A photo slideshow from the ceremony is available at www.leaderunion.com.

  • HMG presents plans for more downtown improvements

    HMG Engineers of Carlyle presents plans for more downtown streetscape improvements during a meeting on Wednesday at Vandalia City Hall.

    The plans for which street are shown here? See next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Local youth not only overcomes adversity...

    Colton Edwards was diagnosed with pseudathrosis when he was only three months old, and eight months later, his lower right leg was amputated at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

  • School officials watch fuel, utility costs closely

    Though the Vandalia Community School District’s fund balances remain strong, district officials are paying close attention to fuel and utility expenses as the price of oil skyrockets.
    “We’re keeping an eye on fuel prices because they are high-dollar items and because they are so volatile,” Superintendent Rich Well said after Tuesday night’s monthly school board meeting.
    “Compared to our budgeted amounts, we’ll still come in under budget. But trying to project our actual expenses is like trying to hit a moving target.”