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Local News

  • The Lions bring the circus to town
  • One-Vehicle Accident

    A Mulberry Grove woman was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Old Ill. Route 140 west of Hagarstown on Sunday evening.

  • Soroptimists again holding Vandalia Idol competition

    The Vandalia Soroptimists will hold their second Vandalia Idol contest this June.
    Registrations forms are now available at the local area banks and the Vandalia KC Campus. Last year, 32 participants competed for the title of Vandalia Idol. Jordan Brown of Vandalia was last year’s Idol, with Ravyn Gouch of Mulberry Grove coming in second.
    The format will remain the same this year, with two nights of auditions in which the three finalists will advance to the finale on June 30.

  • Family YMCA offering Healthy Kids Day

    The Family YMCA of Fayette County will hold YMCA Healthy Kids Day this Saturday.
    The day will include:
    • A 5K fun run and walk.
    • Dodgeball
    • 1-mile fun family walk
    • Fitness Fun 101
    • Sand volleyball
    • Hit, Pitch and Run competition.
    The fun run and walk begins from the Family YMCA on Rock Island Avenue at 9 a.m. There is no charge, and water bottles will be provided to all runners and walkers.

  • National Week of Prayer

    Mayor Rick Gottman signed a proclamation declaring this week as National Week of Prayer in Vandalia.

    Pictured, from left, are the Rev. Tom Farris, president of the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance; Gottman; and the Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett, local National Week of Prayer chairman.

  • Relay for Life set for June 2

    This year's Fayette County Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, in the top loop of the Lincoln Loop Walking Trail in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    Organizers are asking for the donation of camper for the evening. It will be used for the collection and counting of money throughout the evening.
    Organizers are also seeking the donation of three gas-powered golf cars for the event.
    Individuals who are willing to donate the use of a camper or golf cars may contact Dave Rickman at 283-7066.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 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 CEFS Fayette Outreach office, 517 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will hold an open house in celebration of Community Action Month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given away.

  • News Briefs

    Meeting on leaf burning is Thursday

    Two Vandalia City Council committees will meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss the issue of leaf burning in the city.
    The council's streets and public safety committees will meet at 4:15 p.m. at city hall.
    City residents are invited to attend the meeting and voice their opinions on the issue.

    Cars for a Cure show is May 12

  • Mayor receives word that Graham plant is closing

    10 a.m. Tuesday: Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman told The Leader-Union this morning that he has received word that Graham Packaging plans to close its Vandalia plant this summer.

    Gottman said he has seen a copy of a letter given to employees that explain the plans to close the plant, and that he has been working through the morning to set up a meeting with Graham officials.

    Gottman plans to make an announcement on those plans early this afternoon.

  • Teen murderer to stay in juvenile system for now

    A judge has ruled that a Loogootee teen convicted last year of murdering a neighbor couple will stay in the state's juvenile corrections system for now.

    In a written order filed on Monday, Judge Michael McHaney ruled, over the objection of Fayette County's state's attorney, that Clifford Baker is to "remain under the auspices of the Department of Juvenile Justice."