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Local News

  • Veterans Day Program

    Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia held a Veterans Day program last Thursday at the Legion Home.

  • Location of Vosholler services changed

    The location for services for Tamara Vosholler, 16, of rural Vernon, has been changed.

    Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at First Baptist Church in Patoka, with the Rev. David Rogers officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday at Day Funeral Home in Patoka. Memorials: Vandalia Community High School wrestling team. Online condolences may be made at www.dayfuneralhomes.com.

  • Depot burns early Thursday

    For the second time in a little more than three years, The Depot Restaurant was destroyed by fire.

    Vandalia firefighters were called to The Depot, located at 107 S. Sixth St. in Vandalia, at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday morning after Dennis Grubaugh smelled smoke and noticed that the building was on fire.

    Upon their arrival at the scene, firefighters saw heavy smoke pouring from the eaves on numerous sides of the building. The fire broke through the roof within 30 minutes.

    Brownstown and Ramsey firefighters were called to provide mutual aid assistance.

  • School board supports putting new 1% tax before voters

    Following the lead of the three other school districts in the county, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-1 in favor of allowing voters to decide whether to approve a countywide 1 percent retail sales tax that would benefit the school districts.
    The lone dissenting vote came from Jay Smith.

  • City tax hike hearing is Monday at 5 p.m.

    Vandalia officials will explain at a meeting next Monday evening their plan to increase three of the city’s tax rates.
    The Vandalia City Council will hold, as required by state law, a Truth in Taxation hearing because the total on the city’s proposed property tax levy is more than 5 percent higher than the last property tax extension.

  • Meeting on Route 51 path is Tuesday

    Local residents will be able next Tuesday evening to view the latest proposals for the four-lane path of U.S. Route 51 through the Vandalia area, and to offer their comments on those proposals.
    A public information meeting on the potential Route 51 alignments at Vandalia will be held from 3-7 p.m. at Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia.

  • School district responds to death of VCHS student

    Officials and teachers at Vandalia Community High School on Wednesday were helping students cope with the death of a sophomore student Tuesday evening.
    The 15-year-old femalewas found dead in her home.
    Information on the death was not available from Coroner Bruce Bowen at press time on Wednesday. That information will be posted on www.leaderunion.com when it becomes available.
    “We have several members of our crisis intervention team available to help students,” Superintendent Rich Well said Wednesday morning.

  • CEFS Elects Board Officers

    The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. Board of Directors recently elected officers for the fiscal year beginning on Sept. 1. In front, from left to right, are: Jean Finley of Ramsey, chairperson; and Amanda Watson of Beecher City, secretary. In back are: Joan Lawrence of Taylorville, first vice chairperson; Jesse James of Flora, second vice chairperson; and Pat Green of Effingham, treasurer.

  • SCIRPDC gets grant to help small businesses

    In an effort to combat the region's high unemployment rate, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has approved a loan of $300,000 and a $25,000 grant to the South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission: Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) has announced.
    "The loan will capitalize a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund accessible to rural small businesses, called microenterprises in this program," Shimkus said.
    "The grant will be used to provide technical assistance and training."

  • 'Seasons of Caring'

    Hospice care helps patients and families focus on living. This is the message that the Fayette County Health Department Hospice is sharing with the community during National Hospice/Palliative Care Month.
    However, this important message lasts beyond the month of November and is important year-round.
    Every November, hospices across the country reach out to raise awareness of the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care provides patients and families copmg with serious and life-limiting illness.