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  • Mueller, Knebel receive Abe Awards

    Two individuals who have been involved extensively in community activities were honored with Abe Awards at Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Receiving the non-chamber-member award was Joyce Mueller, a longtime volunteer in a variety of Vandalia organizations. Among those groups in which she’s involved are Nice Twice, Vandalia Tourism Commission, National Road Interpretive Center, Our Place, Home and Community Education, United Methodist Women, Fayette County Museum and Evergreen Outreach.

  • CEFS taking LIHEAP applications

    The C.E.F.S Economic Opportunity Corporation’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) still has energy assistance funding available for winter utility assistance.
    Any household that has applied as of Sept. 1, 2010, or after would not be eligible to apply again. LIHEAP provides one-time grants to help income eligible households pay for their winter utility expenses.

  • Community Calendar-Jan. 27, 2011

    Thursday, January 27
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Ramsey.  All presenting donors will receive an Elvis-themed rock and roll T-shirt.

  • Sample issue of The Leader-Union mailed out this week

    Welcome to this special sample issue of The Leader-Union. If you’re not a regular subscriber, you may have been surprised to see the paper in your mailbox. We hope you enjoy it.
    Sending the paper to you is part of a periodic sampling program designed to get the newspaper into the hands of those who aren’t yet subscribers.
    To accomplish that, we’re sending this issue to every household in Fayette County.

  • Two St. Elmo aldermen putting up a fight

    The two St. Elmo aldermen who were taken off the April ballot recently by a municipal electoral board are appealing that board’s ruling in court.
    Jayson Porter and Lloyd Carson filed in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday miscellaneous remedy petitions in which they ask the court to reverse the electoral board’s decision and allow them to be placed on the ballot for this spring’s municipal election.

  • 'No trauma' to body found in Vandalia home on Saturday

    A Tower Hill man whose body was found in a Vandalia home on Saturday evening did not die from any type of physical injury, the Fayette County coroner said on Monday.
    An autopsy performed on the body of James Mundy on Monday at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham did not show “any trauma,” such as gunshot or stabbing wounds, Coroner Bruce Bowen said.

  • K of C breakfast this sunday

    The Knights of Columbus will hold an all-you-can eat breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon this Sunday at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center.

    The meal will include eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and drinks. The breakfast is open to the public.

    The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-11; children under 5 eat free of charge.

  • VCHS post-prom cookout is Friday

    The post-prom parents group at Vandalia Community High School will hold a cookout in the VCHS lobby prior to this Friday's boys basketball games.

    The cookout begins at 5 p.m.

  • Missing Tower Hill man found dead in Vandalia home

    A Tower Hill man who was reported missing last week was found dead in a Vandalia home on Saturday evening.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen reported on Sunday that the body of James Mundy, 31, was found in a home in the 1900 block of Arrow Drive, and estimated that Mundy has been dead for about four days.

    Bowen said he arrived at the home at 8:27 p.m. on Saturday, and pronounced Mundy dead at 8:30 p.m.

  • News Briefs-Jan. 20, 2011

    Pregnancy Center planning banquet

    The Lighthouse Pregnancy Center has begun planning its annual fundraising banquet, which will be held early this spring.
    The banquet committee is looking for volunteers to help put together this event. Anyone interested in helping with this project should call the center, 283-8750.
    The next banquet planning meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the center, which is located at 1121 N. Sixth St. in Vandalia.

    Benefit for Kay Kistler is this Saturday