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  • Young Leaders meeting is on March 13

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. next Wednesday to reorganize the Fayette County Young Leaders group.
    That meeting will be held in the basement of the Fayette County Farm Bureau building at 1125 Sunset Drive in Vandalia.
    Young Leaders are those individuals of ages 18-35 who are involved in farming.
    The Young Leaders group is a way for young farmers to interact with other farmers their age, share ideas and have a voice in the future of farming.

  • Dual purpose training

    In what served as a dual-purpose training session, a group of law enforcement personnel from throughout this part of the state conducted an exercise on Friday afternoon at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Lindberg retiring from FAYCO; Taylor promoted

    After 25 years as the executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, Bob Lindberg is retiring.

    And, as Lindberg announced his retirement on Monday, he also announced that Kim Taylor, a 29-year employee of FAYCO, will succeed him as executive director.

    More on the story in this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Genealogical Society to publish family history book

    The Fayette County Genealogical Society (FCGHS) has voted to sponsor the writing and publishing of a book length history of Fayette County families.
    The primary content of the book will be family histories.
    Each Fayette County family will be asked to write a historical sketch not to exceed 500 words. This sketch and one photo will be published free.
    Additional text will be charged at 15 cents per word and photos will cost $15 each.
    The book will also include a general county history.

  • New automation program at Evans Library

    Over the next few weeks, Evans Public Library will be undergoing some significant changes.
    On July 1 of last year, the four automated library consortia in Illinois Heartland Library System –  eICat, GateNet, LINC and SilNet – merged to form SHARE (Sharing Heartland’s Available Resources Equally).
    SHARE encompasses 427 libraries throughout the southern half of Illinois.
    On April 9, SHARE will go live with a new automation platform known as Polaris.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Patricia L. Langley, 48, Effingham, was arrested on Feb. 25 for failure to appear in court on an ordinance violation charge. Bond was $100, and she was released on a personal recognizance bond.
    • Mitchell R. Dunigan, 21, Nokomis, was arrested on Feb. 25 on charges of home invasion, mob action and criminal trespass to a residence. No bond information was listed.
    • Todd L. Parke, 38, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 25 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. Bond was $1,500.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, February 28

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, 2310 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

  • News Briefs

    Library starts adult reading program

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia will be holding an adult reading program through April 6.
    The program is open to individuals age 18 or older, and prizes will be given for every three books that are read.
    The names of all participants will be put into a drawing for a Walmart gift card, and a prize will be given for the most books read.
    The books, audio books or e-books must be checked out from Evans Public Library. Individuals may sign up at the library.

  • Enbridge explains plans for pipeline at open house on Tuesday

    A company that plans to lay a pipeline through the center of Fayette County came to Vandalia on Tuesday to explain those plans.

  • Rutherford considering run for governor

    During Dan Rutherford’s recent visit to Vandalia, it was intimated that he would be a gubernatorial candidate in 2014.