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  • Community Calendar-Feb. 17, 2011

    Thursday, February 17

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Saturday, February 19

  • Lincoln Remembered

  • FutureGen 2.0 & CO2 storage

    Anytime now, Vandalia and Fayette County officials are likely to find out whether the team they are part of has been selected for the underground storage of carbon dioxide.
    Vandalia and Fayette County have joined with Bloomington-based Willow Grove Carbon Solutions in presenting an application that proposes the storage of carbon dioxide coming from a FutureGen 2.0 plant in Meredosia in the Loudon area north of St. Elmo.
    Also in the running are Christian, Douglas and Morgan counties.

  • Judge to consider suppression of teen's statements in murder case

    At the conclusion of a six-hour hearing on Tuesday, a judge said that he will take some time to consider whether statements made by a Loogootee teen charged with fatally shooting two of his neighbors should be suppressed.
    That hearing included the playing of a video interview during which 16-year-old Clifford W. Baker admitted to shooting Mike Mahon and Deb Tish several hours earlier.

  • Ruling knocks 2 off St. Elmo ballot

    If Lloyd Carson and Jayson Porter wish to run for re-election in St. Elmo this spring, they will have to do so as write-in candidates.
    That’s because a judge has affirmed the decision by a St. Elmo electoral board to remove the two incumbent aldermen from the April 5 ballot.
    In a written ruling filed on Monday, Judge Ericka Sanders said, “While there are other terms to describe the unfortunate error that affected the petitioners (Carson and Porter) – unfair, perhaps – ‘injustice’ is not one of them.”

  • Judge affirms St. Elmo electoral board ruling

    A judge has affirmed the ruling of the St. Elmo Electoral Board that removed two candidates for alderman from the April ballot.

    Judge Ericka Sanders issued her ruling on Monday, two days after hearing arguments in the case.

    That ruling upholds the electoral board's decision to remove incumbent aldermen Jayson Porter and Lloyd Carson from the ballot. The electoral board ruled in favor of objections to their petitions filed by Rita Davis and Lyle Haslett.

    More on this story will appear in this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Judge hopes to issue ruling in St. Elmo case by Monday

    A judge announced at the close of a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Friday that she hoped to issue a ruling in the St. Elmo election case by Monday.

    The hearing was held on requests by aldermanic candidates Jayson Porter and Lloyd Carson to have a ruling by a St. Elmo electoral board overturned. That electoral board upheld objections to the two candidates' petitions filed by Rita Davis and Lyle Haslett.

    Details will be given as the ruling is issued, and in next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Lincoln's Farewell Address reading is Friday

    People of all ages are invited to help set a new Guinness World Record™ as part of the national kickoff of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

     

  • Health department closed this week for move to new home

    The Fayette Council Health Department is closed for the remainder of this week as it works to complete the move into its new home.
    The health department will continue moving its employees currently working out of its home at 509 W. Edwards St. into the former Leo Brown Lumber building at 416 W. Edwards St.
    Employees of the health department who were working out of a building in the 100 block of North Fifth Street moved into the new FCHD home a couple of weeks ago.
    The health department plans to reopen next Monday at its new home.
     

  • Head Start sets open house dates

    CEFS Head Start is holding open houses on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 4-7 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the local Head Start center.
    Families with children age 5 and under are invited to check out the Head Start classroom and fill out an application. The Fayette County Head Start Center is located at 1410 Sunset Drive, Suite F in Vandalia.