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  • HMG presents plans for more downtown improvements

    HMG Engineers of Carlyle presents plans for more downtown streetscape improvements during a meeting on Wednesday at Vandalia City Hall.

    The plans for which street are shown here? See next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Local youth not only overcomes adversity...

    Colton Edwards was diagnosed with pseudathrosis when he was only three months old, and eight months later, his lower right leg was amputated at Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis.

  • School officials watch fuel, utility costs closely

    Though the Vandalia Community School District’s fund balances remain strong, district officials are paying close attention to fuel and utility expenses as the price of oil skyrockets.
    “We’re keeping an eye on fuel prices because they are high-dollar items and because they are so volatile,” Superintendent Rich Well said after Tuesday night’s monthly school board meeting.
    “Compared to our budgeted amounts, we’ll still come in under budget. But trying to project our actual expenses is like trying to hit a moving target.”

  • Murder trial pushed back to May

    The jury trial for a Loogootee teen charged with murdering a couple who lived near him has been pushed back to the end of May.
    At a court hearing on Tuesday, Judge Michael McHaney set the new trial date for Clifford Baker, a 16-year-old who is charged with fatally shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish in their home last August. The trial is now set to begin on May 31.
    Last Friday, McHaney denied a motion by Baker’s attorneys to suppress statements made by the teen several hours after he allegedly murdered the couple.

  • Free Lions diabetic screening is next Wednesday

    A free diabetic retinopathy screening for persons with diabetes, or those at risk for diabetes, will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon next Wednesday at the office of Dr. Kevin Childers, 2202 W. Randolph St., Vandalia.
    The screening is coordinated by the Vandalia Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation, and is made possible through donations made to the Lions by the public.

  • 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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  • 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.