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  • Holiday Festivities in Vandalia

    Holiday activities over the weekend included the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse and the Christmas program presented by the Vandalia Elementary School's Honor Chorus. In the first photo, local historian Dale Timmermann tells visitors to the Statehouse about the history of the building and the state of Illinois. In the second photo, Audrey Myers (left) and Alexis Beckman dance during the Honor Chorus program. More photos from the events are on Page 1 B and will appear in slideshows at www.leaderunion.com this week.

  • Teen pleads not guilty to murder, home invasion

    A 15-year-old Loogootee youth charged with fatally shooting a couple who lived a short distance from his home pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and home invasion.
    Clifford W. Baker entered the plea after a judge ruled that Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel had presented sufficient evidence to hold the youth for trial.

  • Council will vote on levy with 10% hike

    Presented with three options for a new tax levy, the Vandalia City Council decided on Monday not to go with any of those.
    Instead, the council voted to proceed with the approval of a levy with a total that is 10 percent above last year’s total tax extension.
    At a special meeting, the council received three levy options from Dale Timmermann of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. – one that mirrors the 2009 extended levy total of $559,070.41; one that’s 5 percent above that total, $587,0245; and one with a 20.94-percent increase, $676,153.

  • County puts 1% sales tax issue on ballot

    The Fayette County Board approved a resolution putting on the April election ballot a referendum for a 1-percent sales tax that would benefit school districts in the county.
    The board approved the resolution in a 9-4 vote on Tuesday, with a couple of board members voicing the opposition to the plan presented by superintendents in the Vandalia, Brownstown, Ramsey and St. Elmo school districts.

  • St. Elmo Elementary concert canceled; reset for next Monday

    The St. Elmo Elementary School Christmas concert scheduled for tonight has been canceled.

    The concert will be held at 7 pm. next Monday.

  • Loogootee teen pleads not guilty to murder, home invasion

    The Loogootee teen who has been charged with murdering a couple in their home in August has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

    At an arraignment in Fayette County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon, Clifford W. Baker, through his attorney, Monroe McWard of Taylorville, entered the plea.

    The brief arraignment hearing followed a preliminary hearing at which Judge Michael McHaney of Salem ruled that Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel had presented sufficient evidence to hold Baker over for trial.

  • Vandalia Rotary Club Christmas Parade

    The Vandalia Rotary Club held its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday morning in downtown Vandalia. In the first photo, Santa and Mrs. Claus ride in a horse-drawn carriage. In the second photo, riding in the parade were the three Fayette County queens: Little Miss Marissa Summers, Jr. Miss Jaedyn Worker and Miss Fayette County Amy Pippin. In the third photo, members of the Vandalia Junior High School band perform while marching on Gallatin Street.
     

  • Health department still has flu vaccine, Flu Mist

    Fayette County Health Department has flu vaccine available for all ages, along with Flu Mist for ages 2-18 years old.  
    According to the health department, "The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu vaccine."
    CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal fluvaccine. Vaccination is especially important for people 65 years and older because they are at increased risk for complications from flu.

  • Evans Library adds services on website

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia has expanded its services with audiobooks, eBooks and music available to download from the library's website.
    Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting www.epl.lib.il.us.
    Users may browse the library's website, check out with a valid library card and download to PC, Mac and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software for audio books, musicc and video: OverDrive Media Console.
    To read eBooks, users will need Adobe Digital Editions.

  • VVFD Uses Donations