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  • www.leaderunion.com will become paid website on March 10

    On March 10, The Leader-Union’s website (www.leaderunion.com) will become a subscription-based site.
    On that day, visitors to the website for more than 10 minutes will be given the opportunity to subscribe to the printed product (and thus receive free access to the website), or they may choose to subscribe only to the website.
    Current subscribers to The Leader-Union, however, will have unlimited access the site at no additional cost. They merely must enter their customer number (as printed on their newspaper address label) in order to access the website.

  • Marc Kelly elected associate judge

    In his initial career planning, Marc Kelly did not see himself following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. But that’s exactly what has happened.

  • ROE opposes Quinn's proposed cuts

    In his budget address last week, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn identified several programs in state government that could be put on the chopping block to reduce the state’s massive deficit.
    One that hit close to home for Mark Drone was a proposal to eliminate state funding for the Illinois’ 45 regional superintendent of schools offices.

  • Local resident on "Price is Right" this Wednesday

    Vandalia resident Brent Horner will be a contestant on THE PRICE IS RIGHT and we’d like you to share the news with your readers so that everyone there can tune in and cheer on your local soon-to-be TV star.

  • Vandalia attorney elected judge

    Cynthia Y. Cobbs, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced on Thursday afternoon that the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court judges voted to select Jeffrey M. "Marc" Kelly as an associate judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit.

    Kelly, a Vandalia Community High School graduate, earned an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1996, and his juris doctorate from John Marshall in Chicago in 2000.

  • Community Calendar-Feb. 17, 2011

    Thursday, February 17

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, February 19

  • Lincoln Remembered

  • FutureGen 2.0 & CO2 storage

    Anytime now, Vandalia and Fayette County officials are likely to find out whether the team they are part of has been selected for the underground storage of carbon dioxide.
    Vandalia and Fayette County have joined with Bloomington-based Willow Grove Carbon Solutions in presenting an application that proposes the storage of carbon dioxide coming from a FutureGen 2.0 plant in Meredosia in the Loudon area north of St. Elmo.
    Also in the running are Christian, Douglas and Morgan counties.

  • Judge to consider suppression of teen's statements in murder case

    At the conclusion of a six-hour hearing on Tuesday, a judge said that he will take some time to consider whether statements made by a Loogootee teen charged with fatally shooting two of his neighbors should be suppressed.
    That hearing included the playing of a video interview during which 16-year-old Clifford W. Baker admitted to shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish several hours earlier.

  • Ruling knocks 2 off St. Elmo ballot

    If Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter wish to run for re-election in St. Elmo this spring, they will have to do so as write-in candidates.
    That’s because a judge has affirmed the decision by a St. Elmo electoral board to remove the two incumbent aldermen from the April 5 ballot.
    In a written ruling filed on Monday, Judge Ericka Sanders said, “While there are other terms to describe the unfortunate error that affected the petitioners (Carson and Porter) – unfair, perhaps – ‘injustice’ is not one of them.”