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  • 'Just Dance" contest for Relay for Life is Saturday

    Family Video in Vandalia will host a fundraiser for the Fayette County Relay for Life this Saturday afternoon.
    A “Just Dance” competition will be held from noon-4 p.m. at Family Video, located at 625 W. Gallatin St.
    Local residents of all ages are invited to participate, and prizes will be awarded.
    First prize is a $10 gift card and a game discount card valued at $14.95, second prize is a $20 gift card and third prize is a $10 gift card.
    Registration at Family Video is under way and runs through Saturday.

  • FCHD open house set for March 8

    The Fayette County Health Department will hold an open house at its new facility on Tuesday, March 8.
    The health department recently completed its move into its new home, the former home of Leo Brown Lumber, at 416 W. Edwards St.
    The open house will run from 3-6 p.m. and will include tours and refreshments. "Buzz Lightyear" will be present for photos with children.
    The public is invited to attend the open house.

  • Vandalia Police will discontinue DARE

    Citing the results of recent national studies, the Vandalia Police Department has decided to discontinue its DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program at the end of this school year.
    Police Chief Larry Eason said on Tuesday that studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Surgeon General’s Office and the National Academy of Sciences concluded that DARE is ineffective in reducing drug and alcohol use among young people.

  • www.leaderunion.com will become paid website on March 10

    On March 10, The Leader-Union’s website (www.leaderunion.com) will become a subscription-based site.
    On that day, visitors to 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 only to the website.
    Current subscribers to The Leader-Union, however, will have unlimited access the site at no additional cost. They merely must enter their customer number (as printed on their newspaper address label) in order to access the website.

  • Marc Kelly elected associate judge

    In his initial career planning, Marc Kelly did not see himself following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. But that’s exactly what has happened.

  • ROE opposes Quinn's proposed cuts

    In his budget address last week, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn identified several programs in state government that could be put on the chopping block to reduce the state’s massive deficit.
    One that hit close to home for Mark Drone was a proposal to eliminate state funding for the Illinois’ 45 regional superintendent of schools offices.

  • Local resident on "Price is Right" this Wednesday

    Vandalia resident Brent Horner will be a contestant on THE PRICE IS RIGHT and we’d like you to share the news with your readers so that everyone there can tune in and cheer on your local soon-to-be TV star.

  • Vandalia attorney elected judge

    Cynthia Y. Cobbs, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced on Thursday afternoon that the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court judges voted to select Jeffrey M. "Marc" Kelly as an associate judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

    Kelly, a Vandalia Community High School graduate, earned an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1996, and his juris doctorate from John Marshall in Chicago in 2000.

  • Community Calendar-Feb. 17, 2011

    Thursday, February 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Saturday, February 19

  • Lincoln Remembered