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  • County board OKs sheriff transport van

    As Fayette County officials worked to trim this year’s spending, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay agreed to take out of his budget about $50,000 for the purchase of vehicles. On Tuesday, the county board agreed to use money from its general fund for a new sheriff’s vehicle.
    In taking that action, board members agreed that having that vehicle will allow the sheriff to make money for the county.
    Lay asked the board to purchase a transport van, because the one that was being used, a 1994 model with more than 200,000 miles, is no longer feasible to repair.

  • Schools oppose Quinn's consolidation idea

    Though it might have played well as a part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to reduce the state’s deficit, a proposal to force consolidations of two thirds of the state’s school districts is getting some push-back from educators.
    Quinn announced his proposal to cut the state’s 868 districts down to 300 in his budget address last month. Such cuts, he said, could save taxpayers as much as $100 million each year. Since then, he’s gotten an earful from legislators and school officials across the state.

  • More downtown work

    Vandalia officials will begin working toward more improvements in the downtown business district with a meeting next week.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the council’s streets committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. next Wednesday to talk about improvements in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street and the 100 block of South Fourth Street.
    Gottman has also invited the members of the city’s downtown enhancement committee to attend that meeting.

  • City committee holds meetings on animal control

    All Fayette County communities except Vandalia have signed contracts with the county for animal control services.
    Vandalia officials have discussed that issue, but are asking for more information before signing on the dotted line.
    The Vandalia City Council’s public safety committee met last Wednesday and again on Monday to discuss animal control, which is provided by Vandalia veterinarian Dr. Connie Heaton.

  • Dating violence workshops set

    According to the 2007 National Crime Victimization Survey of the United States, approximately 248,300 rape/sexual assault victimizations occurred in 2007.
    A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 10 percent of students reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last 12 months.
    Lastly, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics Supplemental Victimization Survey on Stalking, an estimated 3.4 million persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking during a 12-month period.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, March 3

    ✔ 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 United Methodist Men at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia will hold their annual pancake and sausage supper from 4-7 p.m. in Wesley Hall at the church, located at 127 N. Fourth St., Vandalia. Donations will be accepted. The proceeds will help fund United Methodist Men projects.

  • FCHD open house is Tuesday

    The Fayette County Health Department will hold an open house at its new facility on Tuesday, March 8.
    The health department recently completed its move into its new home, the former home of Leo Brown Lumber, at 416 W. Edwards St.
    The open house will run from 3-6 p.m. and will include tours and refreshments. "Buzz Lightyear" will be present for photos with children.
    The public is invited to attend the open house.
    A special section produced by The Leader-Union about the move is included with this issue of the newspaper.

     

  • City cuts $$$ from budget

    Working together, Vandalia’s mayor, aldermen and department heads have trimmed about $170,000 from this year’s budget.
    The Vandalia City Council at last week’s meeting approved minutes from committee meetings in January, during which city officials worked with department heads in fine-tuning spending figures in the various city funds.
    The committee meetings were held as part of the city’s effort to address a deficit of about $220,000 in this year’s budget.
    The cutbacks in the various funds include:

  • Fayette hardest hit by Monday storm

    A storm that moved through Fayette County early Monday morning left widespread damage and electrical outages.
    In fact, Fayette County was hit harder than any other Southern Illinois county, according to Fayette County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Steve Koehler.
    Koehler was wrapping up on Monday afternoon his assessment of that storm, which moved through the area shortly after midnight and may have included at least one tornado.

  • Fayette loses out on FutureGen 2.0

    The company proposing the development of land in Fayette County for carbon dioxide storage is “a little disappointed” that the Loudon oil field area wasn’t chosen for the FutureGen 2.0 project.
    But the senior project manager of Willow Grove Carbon Solutions said on Wednesday that the firm will move forward with the development of the Loudon oil field area.