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  • Paint the Town Pink

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, Oct. 28, as Paint the Town Pink Day in Vandalia. On that day, the Fayette County Health Department will hold a community reception in Lincoln Park in downtown Vandalia to promote national breast cancer awareness.The reception, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., will include free lunch and give-aways. Shown with Gottman is Kendra Craig, community educator at the health department.

  • Man in drunk-driving crash in '95 arrested for aggravated DUI

    A rural Farina man who has served a prison term for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed two local teens was arrested on Saturday for driving under the influence of alcohol.
    According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s arrest log, Rocky L. Bennyhoff, 56, RR 2, Farina, was arrested by the Illinois State Police on a charge of driving under the influence.

  • Osborne concert is this Sunday

    Vandalia native Summer Osborne, who has been pursuing a career in music for the past decade, will present a concert at the Vandalia Moose Lodge this Sunday.

     The event, which runs from 5-8 p.m., will feature Osborne on the guitar and piano. Also performing will be Shannon Curtis, a pianist from Los Angeles.

    Though she’s based in St. Louis, Osborne has played throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast. She’s now recorded five CDs.

  • Community Calendar-Oct. 21, 2010

    Thursday, October 21

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    Friday, October 22
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St., Patoka. "Charlie's Jam" will perform. Admission is by donation.
    Saturday, October 23

  • This week's issue of The Leader-Union going to all households

    Welcome to this special sample issue of The Leader-Union. If you’re not a regular subscriber, you may have been surprised to see the paper in your mailbox. We hope you enjoy it.
    It’s all part of a periodic sampling program designed to get the newspaper into the hands of those who aren’t yet subscribers. To accomplish that, we’re sending this issue to every household in Fayette County.

  • Local church to get old Rural King home

    City officials will consider a wording change in its zoning ordinance that will allow Rural King to give its former Vandalia home to a local church.
    Code Official Keith Meadows told the Vandalia alderman on Monday that Rodney Caswell, pastor of First Assembly of God, had notified him that Rural King will be donating its former home to his congregation.
    But for the donation to be legal, Meadows said, the city will have to change its zoning ordinance to allow for places of worship in an area zoned general commercial.

  • Mayor, council working for free right now

    Vandalia’s aldermen will be working without pay for the next three months, and its mayor will be working free of charge for at least a month.
    At the close of the city council meeting on Monday, after a closed session of about 20 minutes, Mayor Rick Gottman announced that he was directing City Clerk Peggy Bowen not to cut a paycheck for him for November.
    Then, each of the aldermen announced that they would not be accepting pay for the quarter ending in January.

  • News Briefs

    Osborne to give concert on Oct. 24

    Vandalia native Summer Osborne, who has been pursuing a career in music for the past decade, will present a concert at the Vandalia Moose Lodge on Sunday, Oct. 24.
     The event, which runs from 5-8 p.m., will feature Osborne on the guitar and piano, as well as Shannon Curtis, a pianist from Los Angeles.
    Though she’s based in St. Louis, Osborne has played throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast. She’s now recorded five CDs.

  • Skydiver dies in accident

    A Missouri man died from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident on Saturday evening at Vandalia Airport.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said that Jonathan Bullar, 24, of Maryland Heights,  made a jump with a group of skydivers from about 6,500 feet and that his parachute failed to deploy.
    Bowen pronounced Bullar dead at the scene at 6:53 p.m.
    Bowen’s office and the Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate the accident. An autopsy was performed on Monday at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
     

  • Brownstown man fatally injured in wreck

    A Brownstown man died from injuries sustained in an accident south of Shobonier on Friday morning.
    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said Matthew L. Sefton of rural Brownstown, 52,  was traveling south on U.S. Route 51 near County Road 800 North on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he struck the rear of an SUV.
    The Illinois State Police said that the SUV, driven by David A. Meseke, 46, of Vandalia, was stopped on the highway, preparing to make a left turn.
    Sefton was pronounced dead by Bowen at Fayette County Hospital at 10:48 a.m. on Friday.