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  • 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

  • State Treasurer Candidate Visits Vandalia

    Dan Rutherford, a state senator from Pontiac who is the Republican candidate for state treasurer in November, stopped in Vandalia last week to visit with local residents. Rutherford, who is opposed by Democrat Robin Kelly and Green Party candidate Scott Summers, touted his 18 years as a state legislator as well as his experience  as a businessman. To Rutherford's left is state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).

  • Candidates for April 5 election begin working

    While many candidates are in the home stretch of runs for public office this November, others are just beginning their efforts to win elected offices.
    Last Tuesday was the first day that individuals interested in running for positions to be filled on April 5 of next year could begin circulating nominating petitions.
    On the ballot next spring are full, four-year terms for half of the seats on local city councils and village boats, as well as seats on local school boards, park districts, library boards, community college boards and regional boards of school trustees.