Local News

  • Baker sentencing is Friday

    The Loogootee teen who was convicted last month of murdering a neighbor couple will be sentenced in Fayette County Circuit Court on Friday.
    Before the sentencing proceedings, however, attorneys for Clifford W. Baker will present arguments for setting aside the guilty verdicts or granting the 16-year-old a new trial.
    Baker was found guilty on Aug. 23 of two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of home invasion.

  • Vandalia man dies in cycle wreck

    A Vandalia man died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Saturday afternoon in Clay County.

    According to the Illinois State Police, Junior L. (Leroy) Lash, 56, was driving a 1984 Honda on U.S. Route 50, about three miles west of Flora, when his cycle left the roadway on the left and struck a tree.

    Lash, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken to Clay County Hospital in Flora, where he was pronounced dead.

    Obituary information will be posted online at www.leaderunion.com when it becomes available.

  • FCHD announces adult flu shot clinics

    The Fayette County Health Department has announced its schedule for adult flu clinics:

    Sept. 26    Fayette County Health Dept., 8:30 a.m.-noon

    Oct. 6       Ramsey American Legion, 1-4 p.m.

    Oct. 7       Fayette County Health Dept, 1-3 p.m.

  • Health & Safety Expo

    Several area businesses and organizations participated in a Health and Safety Expo on Saturday morning at Kaskaskia College's Vandalia campus.

  • Rotary Challenges Walmart

    Ken Wample, left, manager of Vandalia Walmart, has accepted the challenge from Vandalia Rotary Club in this month's Rotary Club "Making a Difference" challenge, held in conjunction with the Red Cross blood drive next Tuesday. Rotary President Lyn Gartke, right, issued the challenge to Walmart. The group that brings the most potential donors to the drive is the winner.

  • Adermann steps down as VVFD chief

    The man with the second-longest tenure as chief in the 122-year history of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department has stepped down from that post.

  • More Gallatin Street work under way

    The project that will make the 700 block of Gallatin Street look much like the three other blocks of Gallatin downtown is well under way.

  • 2 festivals in 1

    For the first time in its 42-year run, the Grande Levée is not being held in the dead heat of summer.
    The period celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse, which has previously been held on Father’s Day weekend in June, will now be held this weekend.
    And, along with the period crafts, music and food that will be provided during that celebration, the Vandalia Tourism Committee is offering the town’s Corn Day Festival.

  • Deficit school budget approved

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday passed a deficit budget for the current year that shows estimated revenues of $13,712,409 and estimated expenditures of $14,837,305.
    That $1,124,896 shortfall will be covered by the district’s operating fund balance (which currently stands at $4,097,390).
    Superintendent Rich Well said that the deficit resulted from a combination of factors – a decrease of nearly $1 million in federal and state funds, and an increase in the cost of supplies and services needed by the district.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that Fayette County employees pay $400 a month for health insurance coverage. The county pays employee premiums and part of the difference for deductibles, according to County Clerk Terri Braun.
    Board member Glenn Gurtner was quoted as saying the health insurance was "a luxury." He said he was referring to dental and vision coverage.
    We apologize for errors.