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  • Police warn of scams

    The Vandalia Police Department is reminding residents of Vandalia and surrounding areas of scams currently being conducted.
    According to the VPD, local residents have been receiving letters stating that they had won large amounts of money, and that victims then receive fictitious checks in the mail.
    According to police, residents are directed to cash the check and mail the money back in, and are told that they will then receive their prize money or a new vehicle.

  • Coroner releases information on two deaths

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen reported two deaths in Fayette County late last week.
    Bowen said that late Thursday evening, Tommy Collier, 60, of Odin, was found dead in a corn crib near Shobonier.
    The coroner said that Collier was on a farm grinding corn for cattle at the time of his death.
    He said that Collier’s wife contacted the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office after being unable to locate her husband. A sheriff’s deputy found Collier in the corn crib.
    Bowen pronounced Collier dead at the scene at 12:27 a.m. on Friday.

  • Continuing for the Fight
  • Legion Auxiliary meets on June 20

    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 of Vandalia will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the Legion Home.
    Officers for 2013-14 will be elected.
    All members are encouraged to attend.

  • Shobonier School Reunion is this Sunday at Ponderosa

    The annual Shobonier School Reunion will be held this Sunday at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    Those planning to attend are asked to gather in the Lincoln Room at 11 a.m., and a buffet lunch is at noon.
    All students of Shobonier School, former residents of Shobonier and those with strong ties to Shobonier are encouraged to attend. Each person is responsible for his or her lunch.
    A short business meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. and will be followed by a special memorial for those who died in 2012.
     

  • Amateur radio Field Day will be held June 22-23

    On-air demonstrations, satellite communications and emergency preparedness activities are on tap for members of the Old Capital Amateur Radio Club as they gear up to celebrate Amateur Radio Week, June 22-23.
    During Amateur Radio Week, enthusiasts will put on demonstrations, give talks to community groups and take part in other activities to raise awareness about Amateur Radio.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 6

    ✔ 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, June 7

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-6 p.m. at Brownstown High School.
    Saturday, June 8

  • Carrying the Banner for Cancer Survivors

    Eight-year-old Emmily Leidner helps carry the survivors banner at the start of the Fayette County Relay for Life on Saturday afternoon at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.

    Heavy rains on Friday night and the threat of rain on Saturday caused organizers to move the event from Rogier Park to the YMCA facilities.

  • Former Ill. Bell employees hold reunion

    The subject of this week’s Fayette Faces were once the “Fayette Voices” on which many citizens depended for communication via their telephone.

  • Passing of the Reins at VCC

    Correctional Center on Wednesday morning.

    Here, Jessie Maske (center), equine coordinator of the new VCC program, accepts the reins from Lanny Brooks (left), executive director of the Illinois Horse Benevolent Protection Association. At right is Diana Pikulski of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. More on the grand opening will appear in next week's issue of The Leader-Union.