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  • Thursday – Treasurer, first treasury box visit Vandalia

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford visited the Vandalia Statehouse on Wednesday afternoon, arriving about four hours after Illinois' first treasurer money storage box and pan scales.

    Rutherford was accompanied by Linda Norbut Suits, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency curator Linda Norbut Suits, who told about the history of the money storage box.

    The treasurer's box and pan scales were taken on Wednesday afternoon back to Springfield, where they are displayed in the Old State Capitol.

  • Fun at the Fair
  • Community Calendar-July 21, 2011

    Thursday, July 21

    ✔ The village of Brownstown will be flushing fire hydrants this Thursday and Friday. The flushing may cause temporary discoloration of water, and residents are advised to check the water before doing laundry.
    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.

  • SmartSource coupons back in The L-U

    Beginning with this issue, the popular SmartSouce coupons will return to The Leader-Union.
    Each week thereafter, coupons valued at more than $100 will be inserted in the paper.
    Many subscribers will find that they can recoup the cost of The Leader-Union annual subscription in just one week of savings from manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons.
    The Leader-Union is recognized as the leading source of news and advertising information in Fayette County, and now it’s also the leader in money-saving coupons.

  • Man charged with setting house on fire

    A Vandalia man has been charged with setting the fire that caused substantial damage to a vacant home late Thursday evening.

  • News Briefs

    Habitat Store to collect donations

    Beginning on Aug. 1, the Habitat Store, located at 418 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will begin accepting donations of clean clothing, jewelry, household items, small appliances, small pieces of furniture and knick-knacks.
    All profits from the store, formerly known as Nice Twice, will benefit Fayette County Habitat for Humanity, with all funds staying in the county.
    Donations will be accepted at the door in the alley from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Plaque winners at Ford Show announced

    Jim Staff, Vandalia, first place
    Pete Burnam, Vandalia, first place
    Jackie Warner, Vandalia, third place
    Richard Pollard, Salem, second place
    Charles Harris, Ramsey, first place
    Charles Philpot, Vandalia, third place
    Bob Maxedon, Sullivan, second place
    Rick and Christy Strange, Tamaroa, first place
    Bill Rowe, Eureka, Mo., first place
    Levi Carrol, Ramsey, second place
    Aaron Lay, Vandalia, third place
    Brandon Kraft, Thompsonville, second place
    Terry and Lisa Robbins, Vandalia, first place

  • County board OKs redistricting map

    Fayette County officials charged with reorganizing the seven county districts to reflect population shifts learned that the task would not be anywhere near as difficult as they expected.
    In fact, they learned that all they had to do was make a trip to Springfield, and the work would be done for them.
    At its meeting last Thursday, the county board approved a new district map that includes only two changes – moving Bowling Green Township from District 7 to District 1, and moving two blocks in Vandalia (100 residents) from District 3 to District 4.

  • Drone retires; Wollerman promoted to regional superintendent

    The regional superintendent of schools for this three-county area announced last Thursday night that he was retiring, with that decision based on the governor’s attempts to reduce funding for that level of education in the state.

  • City moves on more downtown work; Dean Black resigns

    Vandalia officials will take the next step on more downtown improvements this Thursday afternoon.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the council’s street committee will be meeting at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday to work on plans for improvements in the one-block areas of Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets.