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  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 6

    ✔ 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, June 7

    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-6 p.m. at Brownstown High School.
    Saturday, June 8

  • Carrying the Banner for Cancer Survivors

    Eight-year-old Emmily Leidner helps carry the survivors banner at the start of the Fayette County Relay for Life on Saturday afternoon at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.

    Heavy rains on Friday night and the threat of rain on Saturday caused organizers to move the event from Rogier Park to the YMCA facilities.

  • Former Ill. Bell employees hold reunion

    The subject of this week’s Fayette Faces were once the “Fayette Voices” on which many citizens depended for communication via their telephone.

  • Passing of the Reins at VCC

    Correctional Center on Wednesday morning.

    Here, Jessie Maske (center), equine coordinator of the new VCC program, accepts the reins from Lanny Brooks (left), executive director of the Illinois Horse Benevolent Protection Association. At right is Diana Pikulski of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. More on the grand opening will appear in next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • City puts garbage law on the books

    The city of Vandalia has charged all residents for trash pickup in the past, but didn’t have specific wording on that issue in its ordinance book. It does now.
    The council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment that states that it’s “in the best interest of the public health … that the use of garbage collection … be made mandatory.”
    It further states that “all occupied residences shall pay the charges for residential waste collection.”

  • Lake eatery put on hold

    As of Tuesday morning, the Fayette County Board was scheduled to vote next week on a second request for a liquor license filed by a couple planning to operate a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

  • Relay for Life Schedule

    In the event of bad weather, the Relay will be held at the Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, May 30
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    Friday, May 31
    • Registration for pre-K through sixth-graders who plan to take the Reading Road Trip at the St. Elmo Public Library continues through Friday. The summer reading program will start June 4 and will be held each Tuesday.
    Saturday, June 1
    • Men’s group, 7:30 a.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • 'Summer Lunches for Kids' program to provide free meals June 3-Aug. 25

    Once again this summer, school-age children in Fayette County will be able to get a free lunch one or two days per week through a program called "Summer Lunches for Kids."
    The mission of the effort is "to provide children with a free and nutitious lunch during the summer months when they are not in school."
    Meals will be available from 11-11:30 a.m.  every Monday and Thursday, beginning June 3 and continuing through Aug. 15, in Vandalia, Shobonier and Vera.

  • VFW Buddy Poppy Day