Local News

  • Friedel making run for judicial post

    Fayette County residents will not see the name of Stephen G. Friedel on the ballot this November, but Shelby County residents will – for a different post than the one he holds here.

  • Pageantry at the Fair

    Pageants on Sunday and Monday evenings provided excitement on the first two days of the 2012 Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    In the first photo, Sarah Craig of rural Vandalia reacts as she is announced as the winner of this year's Junior Miss Fayette County Fair pageant on Sunday. In the second photo, NickWollerman puts his award-winning sheep on display for potential buyers at the annual 4-H Livestock Auction on Tuesday evening. Photo galleries from the fair will be online at www.leaderunion.com later this week.

  • Treasurer Options

    Vandalia’s aldermen did not, as planned, discuss at last week’s meeting possible raises for city officials who are elected next spring, or the recently discussed idea of eliminating the city treasurer position.
    But it did receive from the city’s legal counsel information on the treasurer issue.
    The city council’s personnel, finance and insurance committee – at the request of Mayor Rick Gottman – met on June 25 to begin discussing possible raises for city officials who will be elected next spring.

  • Hill, Craig, Sasse win fair crowns

    Abigail Hill of St. Elmo was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair 2012 and Shelby Sasse of Brownstown won the Little Miss Fayette County title on Monday night.

    In the Miss Fayette pageant, Jenna Hunt of Ramsey was first runner-up, and Hannah Edwards of Vandalia was the second runner-up. Hill was the People's Choice winner, and Hunt won Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality honors.

  • Sarah Craig crowned Jr. Miss Fayette County

    Sarah Craig was crowned the 2012 Jr. Miss Fayette County Fair on Sunday evening in Brownstown.

    Craig, 11, is the daughter of Andy and Kendra Craig of rural Vandalia.

    Candyce Stout was the first runner-up, and Cori Hispher was the second runner-up.

    Karingten Smothers was named Miss Photgenic, MaKenzie Parkson won Miss Congeniality, and Karsyn Garrison won the People's Choice Award.

  • Vandalia Idol

    Her performance of Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" earned Mary Ann Price (first photo) first place in the second annual Vandalia Idol competition held on Saturday by Soroptimist International of Vandalia.

    In the second photo are the four finalists chosen from 12 competitiors. From left to right, are: Arika Craig, fourth place; Jordan Boren, third place; Joy Rode, second place; and Price.

  • Zoo Program at Library

    As part of its summer reading program, Evans Public Library offered a special program featuring animals from Scovill Zoo in Decatur last Thursday.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that a trailer destroyed by fire was in Hall's Trailer Court. The trailer court is now owned by Will Baldock and is known as Central Illinois Rental.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Council learns about streetscape issues

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday paid the final bill on the city’s latest downtown streetscape work, and heard an update on the next project.
    It also learned why a section of Gallatin Street was cut out on Monday.
    The council approved a $4,002.36 payment to Mettler Development of Highland for streetscape work in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street that included a new road surface, curbing and period lighting.

  • 2012 Fayette County Fair Schedule

    2012 Fayette County Fair

    9 a.m.-Junior horse and pony show.
    2 p.m.-4-H rabbit show.
    5 p.m.-Junior rabbit show.
    10:30 a.m.-Open western horse show.
    Noon-4-H poultry show.
    1 p.m.-Judging of classes J, K, L, M, O, junior general projects, gardening, horticulture and crops.
    2 p.m.-Junior poultry show.
    5 p.m.-Jr. Miss Fayette County Pageant, followed by Mr. Fayette County Pageant.
    8 a.m.-4-H sheep show.
    11 a.m.-4-H beef show and 4-H dairy steers.