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  • Barbecue Cook-off Winners

    The winners in the Grande Levée and Corn Day barbecue cook-off are pictured with Audrey Givens of Givens Meat Shop, the sponsor of the event. From left to right are: Chuck Harris, first overall; Rick Tate, second overall; Joey Schaal, first in ribs; Dale Timmermann, first in chicken; and Givens.

  • News Briefs Sept. 29, 2011

    Scrapbooking at OUR PLACE
     
    Scrapbooking will be held at OUR PLACE Youth Center, 507 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. this Friday. The scrapbooking is open to everyone ages 8 to adult.

    Inaugural Fun Fest is Saturday

    The inaugural “Join Our Rage Against Neurofibromatosis Fun Fest” will be held from noon-6 p.m. at Gatch Lake.

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 25, 2011

    Thursday, September 29

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Vandalia Community High School volleyball teams will hold their 2011 Volley for a Cure. The freshman match is at 5 p.m. and the junior varsity match is at 6 p.m., with the varsity match to follow. The evening includes an iPad give-away, raffles and an address by Jennifer Knebel.

  • Festivals draw big crowds

    Good weather and a variety of activities during the Grande Levée and Corn Day attracted big crowds to downtown Vandalia throughout the day on Saturday.

  • Smoking trial is next week

    A jury trial is scheduled next week for the owners of a Vandalia bar who have been issued three tickets for allegedly allowing smoking in the bar.
    The trial for G&T Holdings will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday with the selection of jurors.
    Vandalia Police issued three tickets last August which allege that the Redwood Inn violated a city ordinance put on the books in January 2010.

  • Baker sentencing is Friday

    The Loogootee teen who was convicted last month of murdering a neighbor couple will be sentenced in Fayette County Circuit Court on Friday.
    Before the sentencing proceedings, however, attorneys for Clifford W. Baker will present arguments for setting aside the guilty verdicts or granting the 16-year-old a new trial.
    Baker was found guilty on Aug. 23 of two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of home invasion.

  • Vandalia man dies in cycle wreck

    A Vandalia man died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Saturday afternoon in Clay County.

    According to the Illinois State Police, Junior L. (Leroy) Lash, 56, was driving a 1984 Honda on U.S. Route 50, about three miles west of Flora, when his cycle left the roadway on the left and struck a tree.

    Lash, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora, where he was pronounced dead.

    Obituary information will be posted online at www.leaderunion.com when it becomes available.

  • FCHD announces adult flu shot clinics

    The Fayette County Health Department has announced its schedule for adult flu clinics:

    Sept. 26    Fayette County Health Dept., 8:30 a.m.-noon

    Oct. 6       Ramsey American Legion, 1-4 p.m.

    Oct. 7       Fayette County Health Dept, 1-3 p.m.

  • Health & Safety Expo

    Several area businesses and organizations participated in a Health and Safety Expo on Saturday morning at Kaskaskia College's Vandalia campus.

  • Rotary Challenges Walmart

    Ken Wample, left, manager of Vandalia Walmart, has accepted the challenge from Vandalia Rotary Club in this month's Rotary Club "Making a Difference" challenge, held in conjunction with the Red Cross blood drive next Tuesday. Rotary President Lyn Gartke, right, issued the challenge to Walmart. The group that brings the most potential donors to the drive is the winner.