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  • Community Calendar-Jan. 27, 2011

    Thursday, January 27
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Ramsey.  All presenting donors will receive an Elvis-themed rock and roll T-shirt.

  • Sample issue of The Leader-Union mailed out this week

    Welcome to this special sample issue of The Leader-Union. If you’re not a regular subscriber, you may have been surprised to see the paper in your mailbox. We hope you enjoy it.
    Sending the paper to you is part of a periodic sampling program designed to get the newspaper into the hands of those who aren’t yet subscribers.
    To accomplish that, we’re sending this issue to every household in Fayette County.

  • Two St. Elmo aldermen putting up a fight

    The two St. Elmo aldermen who were taken off the April ballot recently by a municipal electoral board are appealing that board’s ruling in court.
    Jayson Porter and Lloyd Carson filed in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday miscellaneous remedy petitions in which they ask the court to reverse the electoral board’s decision and allow them to be placed on the ballot for this spring’s municipal election.

  • 'No trauma' to body found in Vandalia home on Saturday

    A Tower Hill man whose body was found in a Vandalia home on Saturday evening did not die from any type of physical injury, the Fayette County coroner said on Monday.
    An autopsy performed on the body of James Mundy on Monday at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham did not show “any trauma,” such as gunshot or stabbing wounds, Coroner Bruce Bowen said.

  • K of C breakfast this sunday

    The Knights of Columbus will hold an all-you-can eat breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon this Sunday at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center.

    The meal will include eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and drinks. The breakfast is open to the public.

    The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11; children under 5 eat free of charge.

  • VCHS post-prom cookout is Friday

    The post-prom parents group at Vandalia Community High School will hold a cookout in the VCHS lobby prior to this Friday's boys basketball games.

    The cookout begins at 5 p.m.

  • Missing Tower Hill man found dead in Vandalia home

    A Tower Hill man who was reported missing last week was found dead in a Vandalia home on Saturday evening.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen reported on Sunday that the body of James Mundy, 31, was found in a home in the 1900 block of Arrow Drive, and estimated that Mundy has been dead for about four days.

    Bowen said he arrived at the home at 8:27 p.m. on Saturday, and pronounced Mundy dead at 8:30 p.m.

  • News Briefs-Jan. 20, 2011

    Pregnancy Center planning banquet

    The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center has begun planning its annual fundraising banquet, which will be held early this spring.
    The banquet committee is looking for volunteers to help put together this event. Anyone interested in helping with this project should call the center, 283-8750.
    The next banquet planning meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the center, which is located at 1121 N. Sixth St. in Vandalia.

    Benefit for Kay Kistler is this Saturday

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, January 20

    ✔ 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.

  • School district's finances still good at halfway point

    In a meeting that lasted only 25 minutes, the Vandalia School Board handled several relatively minor items and heard that the district’s finances remain in good shape at the halfway point of the fiscal year.
    “We have solid balances in all our accounts,” Superintendent Rich Well told the board, noting that the district has a total balance of $6,393,219 and a balance of $5,013,621 in the four operating accounts.