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Local News

  • Old Capitol View will open Thursday

    Old Capital View Restaurant & Lounge, located at 401 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will officially open its doors for business at 11 a.m. this Thursday.
    The  business’s specialty is “homemade everything.” They will feature a lunch buffet and a complete menu with entrée choices featuring beef, pork, chicken, pasta and seafood, as well as fresh salads, sandwiches and a complete line of desserts.

  • Soroptimists to hold Vandalia Idol contest

    “American Idol” is one of the most-watched talent searches in the country, and a local organization will be providing a similar talent search to Vandalia.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia, a local club of the world-wide organization, is a group of professional woman that support the cause of women and girls in our community.
    The work by members include the "Food for Thought" program at OUR PLACE Youth Center and filling the big flower pots in front of businesses around town.

  • News Briefs

    Saturday is pageant call-in day

    This Saturday is the call-in day to sign up for this year's pageants at the Fayette County Fair.
    To be a Little Miss contestant, girls must be Fayette County residents ages 5-7 as of July 11. To enter a girl in the pageant, call 427-3762, beginning at 9 a.m. The first 20 contestants will be accepted; no early calls will be accepted.

  • REMINDER – It's Cleanup Week in Vandalia

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items this week during the city’s annual Cleanup Week.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash. City workers will be following Doty Sanitation crews during Cleanup Week and picking up large items set out by residents.

  • St. Elmo man arrested for home invasion

    A rural St. Elmo man has been charged with two counts of felony home invasion following an incident in St. Elmo.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel filed home invasion charges against Robert W. Elder, 42, on Tuesday.
    Earlier that day, Elder was arrested on preliminary tickets alleging that he committed the offenses of home invasion, domestic battery, aggravated battery and endangering the life of a child.

  • Fire destroys Bluff City home, injures one occupant

    A fire early Tuesday morning destroyed a home south of Bluff City and caused injuries to one of its occupants.

  • Community Calendar-May 5, 2011

    Thursday, May 5

    ✔ 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.

  • City fights to keep tax money from state

    As they work to finalize a balanced budget for the new fiscal year, Vandalia officials are unhappy that state legislators are talking about taking away some of the city’s revenues.
    Mayor Rick Gottman asked city aldermen, including four who were attending their first meeting, to join him in signing letters to members of the Illinois General Assembly.
    In those letters, the city opposes a proposal that calls for the state to retain all or some of the state income tax money that now goes to municipalities.

  • WANTED: Your reaction

    We're particularly looking for the reaction of veterans, especially those who have served in the past decade and may even have enlisted after and as a result of the attacks on 9/ll. We also want to hear from those who have served in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Leave comments here or e-mail them to rbauer@leaderunion, or go to our Facebook page. If you have served as a part of the fight against terror and wish to speak with us, contact me, Rich Bauer, at 283-3374, ext. 226.

  • Call-in day for pageants is May 7

    Call-in Day for Fayette County Fair Pageants is Saturday, May 7.

    To be a Little Miss contestant, girls must be Fayette County residents, between the ages of 5 and 7 years old by July 11. To enter, call 427-3762 on May 7, beginning at 9:00 am.  The first twenty contestants will be accepted. No early calls will be accepted.

    To be a Jr. Miss contestant, girls must be Fayette County residents entering