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  • Monday's shooting is termed a suicide

    Authorities now believe that a gunshot that killed a man in Shobonier on Monday was self-inflicted.
    A female contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon, reported that someone had shot themself at a rural Shobonier residence.
    Shortly before 6 p.m., a county deputy found a man identified as Michael Brown, 27, of Henry, dead on the front steps of that residence.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen, who pronounced Brown dead at 6:18 p.m., reported that the longtime Vandalia area resident had sustained a gunshot wound to the head.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse.
    ✔ The Fayette County Fair continues. The grandstand attraction is C-Bar Rodeo at 7 p.m.
    Friday, July 13

  • Lions' fireworks display now set for Sunday, Sept. 2
  • Friedel making run for judicial post

    Fayette County residents will not see the name of Stephen G. Friedel on the ballot this November, but Shelby County residents will – for a different post than the one he holds here.

  • Pageantry at the Fair

    Pageants on Sunday and Monday evenings provided excitement on the first two days of the 2012 Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    In the first photo, Sarah Craig of rural Vandalia reacts as she is announced as the winner of this year's Junior Miss Fayette County Fair pageant on Sunday. In the second photo, NickWollerman puts his award-winning sheep on display for potential buyers at the annual 4-H Livestock Auction on Tuesday evening. Photo galleries from the fair will be online at www.leaderunion.com later this week.

  • Treasurer Options

    Vandalia’s aldermen did not, as planned, discuss at last week’s meeting possible raises for city officials who are elected next spring, or the recently discussed idea of eliminating the city treasurer position.
    But it did receive from the city’s legal counsel information on the treasurer issue.
    The city council’s personnel, finance and insurance committee – at the request of Mayor Rick Gottman – met on June 25 to begin discussing possible raises for city officials who will be elected next spring.

  • Hill, Craig, Sasse win fair crowns

    Abigail Hill of St. Elmo was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair 2012 and Shelby Sasse of Brownstown won the Little Miss Fayette County title on Monday night.

    In the Miss Fayette pageant, Jenna Hunt of Ramsey was first runner-up, and Hannah Edwards of Vandalia was the second runner-up. Hill was the People's Choice winner, and Hunt won Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality honors.

  • Sarah Craig crowned Jr. Miss Fayette County

    Sarah Craig was crowned the 2012 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair on Sunday evening in Brownstown.

    Craig, 11, is the daughter of Andy and Kendra Craig of rural Vandalia.

    Candyce Stout was the first runner-up, and Cori Hispher was the second runner-up.

    Karingten Smothers was named Miss Photgenic, MaKenzie Parkson won Miss Congeniality, and Karsyn Garrison won the People's Choice Award.

  • Vandalia Idol

    Her performance of Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" earned Mary Ann Price (first photo) first place in the second annual Vandalia Idol competition held on Saturday by Soroptimist International of Vandalia.

    In the second photo are the four finalists chosen from 12 competitiors. From left to right, are: Arika Craig, fourth place; Jordan Boren, third place; Joy Rode, second place; and Price.
     

  • Zoo Program at Library

    As part of its summer reading program, Evans Public Library offered a special program featuring animals from Scovill Zoo in Decatur last Thursday.