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  • NEW Sunday at 10:30 a.m.: St. Louis man dies in fiery crash early Saturday

    On Saturday, just before 2 a.m. a semi truck driven by 51 year old Hasib Karahodzic of St. Louis, Mo. collided with a semi truck driven by 43 year old Orentio Thompson of Lawrenceville, GA.

    Karahodzic's semi struck the Thompson semi in the rear bursting into flames upon impact, according to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

  • Girl Scout Birthday Party

    Fayette County Girl Scouts gathered at First Baptist Church in Vandalia on Saturday to celebrate the 100th birthday of Girl Scouts.

    The birthday party included games, cupcakes, Girl Scout trivia and a flag ceremony. Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman showed up to sign a proclamation declaring this week as Girl Scout Week in the community.

  • Primary election is Tuesday

    When they go to the polls next Tuesday, Fayette County voters won’t have many decisions to make. And of those, none will be at the local level.
    There are no Fayette County races in the primary election, during which county residents will choose party nominees for the November general election.
    County officer positions up for election this year include state’s attorney, circuit clerk, coroner and regional superintendent of schools.
    Also this year, all 14 seats – two in each of the county’s seven districts – are up for election.

  • Keeping Up Appearances

    As they reviewed the latest request for Tax Increment Financing assistance, members of the city’s TIF advisory heard about the possibility of using some TIF funds to revive a downtown enhancement project.
    The TIF advisory committee meeting was called to look over a request submitted by Will Baldock for planned improvements to the property that formerly housed the Star service station.

  • Addressing work for 911 done

    The committee charged with the implementation of 911 phone service in Fayette County has reached a milestone.
    And that committee remains hopeful that it can meet its goal of having the emergency phone service available by late next year.
    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, who also serves as the chairman of the county’s 911 committee, announced at Tuesday’s county board meeting that the committee has turned over all of its addressing information to the U.S. Postal Service.

  • News Briefs

    VCHS play is this Friday, Saturday

    The annual Vandalia Community High School play will be performed at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday in the VCHS gym.
    This year's play is "The Perils of Lulu."
    Admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults.

    OUR PLACE still taking cards

    OUR PLACE Youth Center is still accepting all types of used cards.
    Being accepted are Christmas, birthday, thank you, sympathy and get well cards.

  • Reservations taken for Soroptimist banquet

    The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, March 23, at Days Inn in Vandalia, at 6:30 p.m.
    Reservations for the banquet should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth, 283-2989, no later than Monday, March 19.  Limited seating is available, so early registrations are requested.
    The local Soroptimist Club is honoring three women in the Soroptimist International of America programs:  Trisha Holliday, Women’s Opportunity Award; Katie Shields, Violet Richardson Award; and Laurie Mabry, Ruby Award (Women Helping Women).

  • News Briefs

    Santorum stop in Vandalia canceled

    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's campaign stop in Vandalia on Saturday afternoon has been canceled.

    Gottman a panelist at state conference

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman is among the participants in the Illinois Governor's Conference on Tourism this week

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 15

    ✔ 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, March 16

  • Santorum stop in Vandalia canceled

    A campaign stop in Vandalia on Saturday by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has been canceled.

    Steve Riddle, site superintendent of the Vandalia Statehouse, told The Leader-Union at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday that he had been notified of the cancellation.

    Riddle said he was told that Santorum's campaign group originally planned to drive through the area, but is now traveling through Illinois by plane.