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  • 'Cars for the Cure'

    Vehicles of all types were lined up in the parking lot of Country Market in Vandalia on Saturday for the "Cars for the Cure" sponsored by the Octochem Relay for Life team, including Artie and Stacy Langston's Corvette in the foreground.

  • Rockin' Through the Ages

    The Vandalia Elementary School Honor Chorus presented its spring performance on Saturday evening in the VES gym, presenting popular music from the 1960s-90s.

    In the first photo, dancing to ABBA's "Dancing Queen" are, from left to right, Macy Zimmerman, Lanee McNary, Jordan Pruett, Avery Rogers and Karlyn Lutz. In the second photo, August Cunningham rocks out on a guitar. In the third photo, Karlyn Lutz made up half of the Sonny and Cher duo. The chorus was under the direction of Lisa Robbins and Nancy Childress.

  • Seventh license violation nets two-year prison terms

    A rural Brownstown man who had been convicted numerous times of driving while his license was suspended or revoked has been sent to prison on that charge.
    Dennis A. Arnold, 66, pleaded guilty on May 7 to driving while his license was revoked through a plea agreement.
    That agreement included a two-year prison term for Arnold, and it also included a two-year term for a probation revocation.
    He was on probation for driving while his license was revoked.
    The two prison terms will be served concurrently.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, May 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.
    Friday, May 18

  • The Other Lincoln

    While students in Vandalia's schools learn a lot about Abraham Lincoln, they know very little about his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

    Vandalia's Mary Todd Lincoln presenter, Marilyn Cole, changed that by visiting with students in Jenny Lester's third-grade class  at Vandalia Elementary School last Thursday.

  • Man charged with possessing stolen firearms

    A rural Vandalia man was arrested on Saturday on charges that include possession of stolen firearms.
    On Monday, he was formally charged with that offense.
    According to the arrest log at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne D. Harbison, 61, RR 3, was arrested on Saturday on charges of sale or delivery of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen firearms.

  • School district still struggling with shortfalls in state funding

    Though the Vandalia Community School District was able to save $275,000 in payroll costs by not filling openings left by retiring staffers, it still may be hard pressed to keep up with plummeting state funds.
    “We saved $275,000 without cutting a job,” Superintendent Rich Well told the school board Tuesday night. “We did all that through retirements. Nobody is going to the unemployment line because we cut their job.”

  • City staying in the black

    In sifting through the city of Vandalia’s budget for the new fiscal year, one would see some funds ending the year with a positive balance and some with a deficit.
    But, overall, Mayor Rick Gottman emphasized, the budget shows the city in the black at the end of the new fiscal year on April 30, 2013.
    The city council approved a new budget in a special session at the end of last month, then approved an amended version of the financial document last week.

  • Krueger joins L-U staff

    The Leader-Union has hired Freddie Krueger as an advertising sales representative.

  • Man in prison for meth wants to withdraw plea

    A Vandalia man who pleaded guilty to two methamphetamine charges wants to withdraw his plea on one of those charges.
    In a motion filed late last month in Fayette County Circuit Court, Eric L. Hohlt stated that the “wishes to withdraw his guilty plea and receive a reduced sentence.”
    Hohlt, in a motion filed by his attorney, Jeffrey A. Long, states that he wants to be resentenced on a charge of manufacturing up to 400 grams of methamphetamine.
    He was charged on March 2 with that offense.