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  • State treasurer, first state treasurer box in Vandalia on Wednesday

     

  • Drone retires: Wollerman is new ROE superintendent

    Mark Drone, superintendent of Regional Office of Education No. 3 since May 2004, announced his retirement at Thursday's meeting of the Fayette County Board.

    Drone said that Friday was his last day on the job, and that Julie Wollerman, who has been serving as the assistant regional superintendent, will take over as the regional superintendent on Monday.

    For more on this story, see next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Friday, 8:25 a.m.-Fire damages vacant home

    A fire late Thursday evening caused substantial damage to a vacant house in Vandalia.

    Vandalia firefighters were called to 203 W. Main St. shortly after 10 a.m., and were at the scene for more than 2 1/2 hours.

    An investigator with the Office of the State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the blaze.

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department received mutual aid assistance from Brownstown and Ramsey firefighters.

  • NEW: Fayette County pageant photos, videos now online

    Visit our Multimedia section to view photos and videos from the 2011 Fayette County pageants.

  • Don't forget Ford show this weekend

    As the fair winds down, another special event is gearing up – this one at Vandalia Lake.
    The event is the inaugural Midwest All-Ford Nationals Car Show & Swap Meet. It runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday. It has the potential to attract hundreds of vintage Ford cars and trucks, as Ford enthusiasts bring their vehicles to the event to be judged and appreciated.

  • Inaugural Ford show is this weekend

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of car and truck enthusiasts – particularly those who favor Ford products – are expected to descend upon the Vandalia Lake campgrounds this weekend.

  • Fun Times at the Fair

    The Fayette County Fair got under way in Brownstown last Saturday with 4-H shows, and continues through this Saturday evening.

  • Extension changes

    Budgetary cuts by University of Illinois Extension have resulted in changes at the Fayette County office.
    Those changes include a reduction in the hours of operation, with the Fayette County Extension Office now open Wednesday through Friday.
    “These changes will allow us to continue supporting 4-H and other educational programs, while reducing administrative costs,” said Rachelle Hollinshead, Extension director for Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties.

  • Little Miss Fayette County Court

    Emma Smith, seated, was named the 2011 Little Miss Fayette County on Monday.

    In front, from left, are: 2010 Little Miss Marissa Summers; Aubrey Hebenstreit, second runner-up; Smith; and Morgan Lofland,  first runner-up. In back are 2010 Miss Fayette County Amy Pippin and 2011 Junior Miss Fayette County Brooke Mayfield.

  • Junior Miss Fayette County Court

    Brooke Mayfield of Brownstown, seated, was named the 2011 Junior Miss Fayette County queen on Sunday.

    In front, from left, are Mayfield and 2010 Little Miss Marissa Summers. In back are Karington Smothers, second runner-up; 2010 Junior Miss Jaedyn Worker; Karsyn Garrison, first runner-up and People's Choice winner; and 2010 Miss Fayette County Amy Pippin. Jensen Hollinshead won the Miss Congeniality Award, and Mayfield won Most Photogenic.