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  • Seventh license violation nets two-year prison terms

    A rural Brownstown man who had been convicted numerous times of driving while his license was suspended or revoked has been sent to prison on that charge.
    Dennis A. Arnold, 66, pleaded guilty on May 7 to driving while his license was revoked through a plea agreement.
    That agreement included a two-year prison term for Arnold, and it also included a two-year term for a probation revocation.
    He was on probation for driving while his license was revoked.
    The two prison terms will be served concurrently.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 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.
    Friday, May 18

  • The Other Lincoln

    While students in Vandalia's schools learn a lot about Abraham Lincoln, they know very little about his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

    Vandalia's Mary Todd Lincoln presenter, Marilyn Cole, changed that by visiting with students in Jenny Lester's third-grade class  at Vandalia Elementary School last Thursday.

  • Man charged with possessing stolen firearms

    A rural Vandalia man was arrested on Saturday on charges that include possession of stolen firearms.
    On Monday, he was formally charged with that offense.
    According to the arrest log at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne D. Harbison, 61, RR 3, was arrested on Saturday on charges of sale or delivery of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen firearms.

  • School district still struggling with shortfalls in state funding

    Though the Vandalia Community School District was able to save $275,000 in payroll costs by not filling openings left by retiring staffers, it still may be hard pressed to keep up with plummeting state funds.
    “We saved $275,000 without cutting a job,” Superintendent Rich Well told the school board Tuesday night. “We did all that through retirements. Nobody is going to the unemployment line because we cut their job.”

  • City staying in the black

    In sifting through the city of Vandalia’s budget for the new fiscal year, one would see some funds ending the year with a positive balance and some with a deficit.
    But, overall, Mayor Rick Gottman emphasized, the budget shows the city in the black at the end of the new fiscal year on April 30, 2013.
    The city council approved a new budget in a special session at the end of last month, then approved an amended version of the financial document last week.

  • Krueger joins L-U staff

    The Leader-Union has hired Freddie Krueger as an advertising sales representative.

  • Man in prison for meth wants to withdraw plea

    A Vandalia man who pleaded guilty to two methamphetamine charges wants to withdraw his plea on one of those charges.
    In a motion filed late last month in Fayette County Circuit Court, Eric L. Hohlt stated that the “wishes to withdraw his guilty plea and receive a reduced sentence.”
    Hohlt, in a motion filed by his attorney, Jeffrey A. Long, states that he wants to be resentenced on a charge of manufacturing up to 400 grams of methamphetamine.
    He was charged on March 2 with that offense.

  • Postal food drive is this Saturday

    City and rural carriers at the Vandalia Post Office will “Stamp Out Hunger” this Saturday, when the annual food drive celebrates its 20th year.
    On that day, carriers will collect non-perishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their routes.
    The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive, held in conjunction with the Postal Service, is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

  • Vandalia's Cleanup Week begins Monday

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week, May 14-18.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash.