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  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 31

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, February 1

    ✔ "Liberty Road Band" will be performing from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Patoka Civic Center on Fridays, Feb. 1, 8 and 22. Admission is $5. A potluck will be held.
    Sunday, February 3

  • News Briefs

    Storm Spotters class on Feb. 6

    A free Storm Spotters class will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Department in Vandalia.

    Earthquake drill set for Feb. 7

    The largest earthquake drill in the history of the central United States will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Local participants may register for the drill by calling 283-1044 and asking for Kiley, or by e-mail, fcesda@yahoo.com.

    SAFE still has cheeseballs available

  • Association touts value of SWCD's

    Illinois Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
    The economic benefit that Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Illinois provide is far greater than the amount of money that is appropriated from tax dollars for their use by our Illinois General Assembly.
    The SWCD services are essential for securing the soil and water resources on which the local and state agricultural economy is based. Their services are an important link to deliver federal funds to our local landowners.

  • Third Lincoln Victory Ball is Feb. 9

    A dance similar to those held during the time period when Abraham Lincoln came to Vandalia was something that Connie Bolyard had wanted to do “for years and years.”

  • Flowers, Lindberg given Abes

    A Vandalia man who has been the driving force behind his family’s launch of a half-dozen businesses in the downtown area and the longtime executive director of a sheltered workshop for the developmentally disabled were honored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce with Abe Awards last Thursday.

  • Vandalia man found dead Monday morning

    A Vandalia man was found dead in a wooded area south of Vandalia late Monday morning.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Tuesday morning that he believes that 22-year-old Justin Wyatt died from hypothermia sometime on Saturday. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday evening in Effingham.

  • Vandalia School District to make cuts

    The Vandalia School District will meet in special session on Wednesday evening to act on district cuts.

    The 5 p.m. meeting will include reports and presentations on proposed athletic, fine arts and district cuts.

    After a closed session, the meeting agenda states, the school board will act on a deficit reduction plan and expenditure cuts for the next school year.

    Prior to the board meeting, at 2:30 p.m., district officials will meet with Vandalia Unit Teachers Association representatives.

  • Flowers, Lindberg honored with Abe Awards

    Two men who have made significant contributions to the Vandalia area received Abe Awards from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night.

    The awards, presented at the chamber’s annual banquet, were given to businessman Tony Flowers and FAYCO Enterprises executive director Bob Lindberg.

     Also at the banquet, outgoing chamber president Ben Timmermann passed the gavel to incoming president Greg Starnes.

    A full story about the banquet and the Abe Awards will be included in next week’s Leader-Union.

  • Vandalia Idol scheduled for March

    Soroptimist of Vandalia will be holding its third Vandalia Idol contest in March.
    Vandalia Idol is a singing competition open to all ages of amateur vocalists.
    Auditions will be held on two nights, March 9 and 16, at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    Three finalists will be chosen each night from each of the two age groups. The finalists will be asked to return on March 23 for the finale.
    From the final 12, two Vandalia Idols and two runners-up, one from each age group, will be chosen.

  • Lincoln hat, note going on display at museum

    Nothing brings the image of Abraham Lincoln to mind better than his iconic stovepipe hat. And nothing sums up Lincoln’s beliefs better than a scrap of paper he may have stored in that battered hat.
    “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy,” the piece of paper says.