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  • Applications for Scarpaci Foundation funds now being accepted

    April 2 is the approaching deadline for the Scarpaci Foundation applications.
    On May 24, 1989, a board of directors met at the First National Bank of Vandalia to organize and approve the bylaws for the Joe and Elwena Scarpaci Foundation.
    Mrs. Scarpaci had noticed and was impressed by the record of the Ruemmelin Foundation, which was established in 1978, and decided upon a similar trust in her and her husband’s names.

  • Community Calendar-March 17, 2011

    Thursday, March 17

    ✔ The 17th annual Antique Tractor Show sponsored by the Old National Trail 2-Cylinder Club, East Central Illinois 2-Cylinder Club and County Line Sodbusters, will be held at Village Square Mall on U.S. Route 45 south of Effingham through Sunday. To display tractors or equipment, call Steve or Norm Miller at 483-6241.
    ✔ 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.

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  • Recognizing Brownstown Students

  • L-U website now subscription-based

    Beginning today, The Leader-Union’s website (www.leaderunion.com) has become a subscription-based site.
    As a result, visitors who stay on the website for more than 10 minutes will be given the opportunity to subscribe to the printed product (and thus receive free access to the website) or they may choose to subscribe just to the website.
    Current subscribers to The Leader-Union, however, will have unlimited access to the site at no additional cost.

  • County board OKs sheriff transport van

    As Fayette County officials worked to trim this year’s spending, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay agreed to take out of his budget about $50,000 for the purchase of vehicles. On Tuesday, the county board agreed to use money from its general fund for a new sheriff’s vehicle.
    In taking that action, board members agreed that having that vehicle will allow the sheriff to make money for the county.
    Lay asked the board to purchase a transport van, because the one that was being used, a 1994 model with more than 200,000 miles, is no longer feasible to repair.

  • Schools oppose Quinn's consolidation idea

    Though it might have played well as a part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to reduce the state’s deficit, a proposal to force consolidations of two thirds of the state’s school districts is getting some push-back from educators.
    Quinn announced his proposal to cut the state’s 868 districts down to 300 in his budget address last month. Such cuts, he said, could save taxpayers as much as $100 million each year. Since then, he’s gotten an earful from legislators and school officials across the state.

  • More downtown work

    Vandalia officials will begin working toward more improvements in the downtown business district with a meeting next week.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the council’s streets committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. next Wednesday to talk about improvements in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street and the 100 block of South Fourth Street.
    Gottman has also invited the members of the city’s downtown enhancement committee to attend that meeting.

  • City committee holds meetings on animal control

    All Fayette County communities except Vandalia have signed contracts with the county for animal control services.
    Vandalia officials have discussed that issue, but are asking for more information before signing on the dotted line.
    The Vandalia City Council’s public safety committee met last Wednesday and again on Monday to discuss animal control, which is provided by Vandalia veterinarian Dr. Connie Heaton.

  • Dating violence workshops set

    According to the 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey of the United States, approximately 248,300 rape/sexual assault victimizations occurred in 2007.
    A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 10 percent of students reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last 12 months.
    Lastly, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Supplemental Victimization Survey on Stalking, an estimated 3.4 million persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking during a 12-month period.