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  • 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

  • 14-incher

    Patrick Taylor of Shobonier shows the 14-inch morel that he found while hunting last weekend.

  • Hunting success

    Mary Ritchey shows a couple of large mushrooms she found during a hunting expedition in the Shobonier area last Thursday.

  • Rainy Day Egg Hunt

    The Vandalia Lions Club held its annual Easter egg hunt in Ruemmelin Park on Sunday afternoon, but the rain resulted in a smaller crowd and the need for umbrellas.

  • Flood rescue

    An Illinois Department of Natural Resources air boat was used to rescue a man whose truck was washed off the road by flooding south of Bluff City on Tuesday morning. Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy Sheri Miller took this photo, which shows Sheriff's Deputy Ed Durbin and DNR officer Chad Compton rescuing the man. Miller said the man was pulling a trailer with his truck south of Hickory Creek when flooding forced the trailer, and then the truck, off the road.

  • News Briefs

    Historical Society meets Tuesday

    The Vandalia Historical and Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. Gloria Durbin will present part two of "Dating Old Photographs." Visitors are welcome to the society meetings.

    Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers

    Habitat for Humanity is in need of volunteers on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m.-noon.