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  • 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.

  • City puts garbage law on the books

    The city of Vandalia has charged all residents for trash pickup in the past, but didn’t have specific wording on that issue in its ordinance book. It does now.
    The council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment that states that it’s “in the best interest of the public health … that the use of garbage collection … be made mandatory.”
    It further states that “all occupied residences shall pay the charges for residential waste collection.”

  • Lake eatery put on hold

    As of Tuesday morning, the Fayette County Board was scheduled to vote next week on a second request for a liquor license filed by a couple planning to operate a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

  • Relay for Life Schedule

    In the event of bad weather, the Relay will be held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, May 30
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, May 31
    • Registration for pre-K through sixth-graders who plan to take the Reading Road Trip at the St. Elmo Public Library continues through Friday. The summer reading program will start June 4 and will be held each Tuesday.
    Saturday, June 1
    • Men’s group, 7:30 a.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • 'Summer Lunches for Kids' program to provide free meals June 3-Aug. 25

    Once again this summer, school-age children in Fayette County will be able to get a free lunch one or two days per week through a program called "Summer Lunches for Kids."
    The mission of the effort is "to provide children with a free and nutitious lunch during the summer months when they are not in school."
    Meals will be available from 11-11:30 a.m.  every Monday and Thursday, beginning June 3 and continuing through Aug. 15, in Vandalia, Shobonier and Vera.

  • VFW Buddy Poppy Day
  • Evans Library offering summer reading program

    Evans Public Library and McDonald’s are inviting local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, “Have Book Will Travel.”
    “Have Book Will Travel” offers two reading programs this summer – one for students going into kindergarten through sixth grade; and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors.
    Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer, and special programs will be offered at 10 a.m. every Tuesday in June at the library.

  • Walk Across America

    The 11th annual Walk Across America was held on Monday afternoon, with participants walking from the Vandalia Statehouse to the American Legion Home.

    The walk, a way to show support for local troops, is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary 3901, Helm DUI Services and Brownstown VFW Post 9770.

  • We Apologize

    In a story about the reinstatement of Tony Hicks as director of the Vandalia Community High School band in the May 23 issue of The Leader-Union, it was incorrectly stated that Ken Torbeck is president of the Vandalia Band Boosters.
    In fact, Carla Huhn is president of the organization. Torbeck and his wife Diane, and Tracie Waschle are vice presidents.
    We apologize for the error.