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  • Early interest in alderman seats

    As it stands right now, residents in at least two of Vandalia’s four wards could have a choice when picking their aldermen next spring.
    City Clerk Peggy Bowen reported at Monday’s city council meeting that eight individuals have picked up nominating papers for aldermanic contests and that a ninth person has requested an election packet.

  • Prayer for a pooch

    The Rev. Viktoria Halmagyi of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia, blesses Bella, Nancy Lewis's cocker spaniel, during an animal blessing held in the church courtyard on Sunday afternoon.

  • Hearing set in smoking case

    A judge will rule next month on a request from the owners of a Vandalia bar to dismiss tickets issued by the city for allegedly allowing people to smoke in their business.
    At a court hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Judge Ericka Sanders of Hillsboro scheduled a hearing at 11 a.m. on Nov. 9.
    At that hearing, attorneys for Lisa and Albert Doyle, owners of the Redwood Inn, will argue for their dismissal of tickets issued by the city that allege smoking violations on Aug. 12, 19 and 21.

  • City administrator quits before he starts

    Instead of welcoming their new city administrator on Monday, Vandalia officials learned on that day they will have to begin a new search to fill the position.
    At the end of Monday’s city council meeting, Alderman Bret Brosman asked for confirmation on that day being the first day of work for John McIntyre, who was hired as the city administrator in August.

  • New city administrator quits before he starts

    Vandalia officials learned late on Monday that they will have to begin a new search for a city administrator.

    On the day that he was to begin working in that position, John McIntyre told city officials that he would not be taking the job.

    Mayor Rick Gottman said that McIntyre verbally and in writing cited personal and family issues for not taking the job.

    For more on Monday's city council meeting, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Main Street holds Corn Day
  • Rotary Wins First Blood Drive Challenge

  • IDOT meetings on road plan are next week

    Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Harmig recently announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will seek early input into the development of its upcoming Multi-Year Road Program for Highway Improvements for Fiscal Years 2012-2017 by hosting informational and feedback sessions in communities throughout the state.

  • News Briefs-Sept. 30, 2010

    Genealogy group plans annual meeting

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. next Tuesday at Evans Public Library in Vandalia. Those planning to attend are asked to take family stories for show and tell.
    The group's annual meeting will be held on Nov. 2 at Good Old Days Banquet Hall in Brownstown. The cost is $15, and reservations are due by Oct. 15.
    Send reservations, to: FCGHS, P.O. Box 177, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 30

    Friday, October 1
    ✔ 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 2

    ✔ First Baptist Church of Brownstown will hold a block party from 11:30 a.m.-3L:30 p.m. at Brownstown City Park.

    Sunday, October 3