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  • Historical Music

    In the Fayette County Museum's third Season of Events performance, Dennis Straoughmatt of Albion played traditional music on the fiddle.

    He also talked about French history in Illinois and Missouri. The Season of Events helped raised funds for renovation to the museum.

  • New eatery fulfills pact

    The construction of a new restaurant in Vandalia will both provide a new eatery and fulfill the terms of a seven-year old agreement with the city.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that a Huddle House restaurant will be built near the Holiday Inn Express in the southwest quadrant of the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.
    That means that developer Chuck Keller is finally able to fulfill the terms of a pact he signed with the city in 2005.

  • Going Behind Locked Doors

    A prison reform group based in Chicago that visited some Illinois prisons last year opined that problems at those prisons – including Vandalia Correctional Center – include overcrowding and deteriorating facilities.

  • Hill competing in state queen pageant this week

    The IAAF Convention will be held this Thursday through Sunday at Crowne Plaza in Springfield.

  • We Apologize

    In the Jan. 10 issue of The Leader-Union, a new-business story about Laack Flooring Innovations contained an incorrect telephone number.
    That number was listed with a 283 prefix; however, it should be 322-3863.
    We apologize for the error.
     

  • Library has Civil War exhibit

    The year 2011 began the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The war lasted five years, until 1865. History classes, books, movies and TV have taught a lot about that war, but there is always something new to learn.
    It is known that many men were lost in that war. However, more men were lost due to disease than to the actual fighting. In fact, this deadly weapon that could not be seen killed two soldiers for every one felled by gunfire.

  • Brownstown student charged after alleged threat last week

    Felony charges have been filed against a Brownstown High School student who allegedly threatened another student through the networking website Facebook.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison said that he has charged the 15-year-old student with three counts of intimidation and one count of interference with an educational institution.
    Each of the two charges is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Because of his age, the youth is being prosecuted through juvenile proceedings.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 17

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, January 19

  • School board gets financial update

    The Vandalia Board of Education held an abbreviated meeting Monday night, with 40 minutes of the meeting’s 70 minutes being taken up by an executive session to discuss personnel.
    As he went over the district’s finances, Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told the board that at the midpoint of the district’s fiscal year, total expenditures are at 51 percent of the annual budget.
    On the revenue side, Well said that the district has received 65 percent of the anticipated revenues for the school year.

  • McCarter moving main office to Vandalia

    “I’m the only Illinois senator with an office in the current state capitol and an office across the street from the oldest capitol.”