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  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 3

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The CEFS Fayette Outreach office, 517 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will hold an open house in celebration of Community Action Month from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be given away.

  • News Briefs

    Meeting on leaf burning is Thursday

    Two Vandalia City Council committees will meet on Thursday afternoon to discuss the issue of leaf burning in the city.
    The council's streets and public safety committees will meet at 4:15 p.m. at city hall.
    City residents are invited to attend the meeting and voice their opinions on the issue.

    Cars for a Cure show is May 12

  • Mayor receives word that Graham plant is closing

    10 a.m. Tuesday: Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman told The Leader-Union this morning that he has received word that Graham Packaging plans to close its Vandalia plant this summer.

    Gottman said he has seen a copy of a letter given to employees that explain the plans to close the plant, and that he has been working through the morning to set up a meeting with Graham officials.

    Gottman plans to make an announcement on those plans early this afternoon.

  • Teen murderer to stay in juvenile system for now

    A judge has ruled that a Loogootee teen convicted last year of murdering a neighbor couple will stay in the state's juvenile corrections system for now.

    In a written order filed on Monday, Judge Michael McHaney ruled, over the objection of Fayette County's state's attorney, that Clifford Baker is to "remain under the auspices of the Department of Juvenile Justice."

  • Golden Years Receives Flag

    An American flag was presented to the Griffith Cemetery in Brownstown by the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society Program during a recent Golden Years Club meeting.

    Shown above, from left to right, are Woodmen of the World Area Manager Ed Stroh and Field Representative Kari Calame, and Griffith Cemetery Board members Donald Smail and Joe Kelly. Phyllis Pryor and Woodmen of the World family Matt and Rhonda Howard, Brady, Madison and Maizie were also present.

  • Honoring Local Veterans

    Local members of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club (former Marines) honored veterans at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care last Tuesday afternoon with a cookout.

    In front, from left to right, are veterans Harold Thoman, Don Blair and Lyle Ballance, Leathernecks member Sam Fogler, and veterans Charlie Metzger, Stan Oldham and Brad Elmore. In back are Leathernecks members Bill Schurt, Richard Rees and Jim Keele.

  • Rotary Club Welcomes German Exchange Group

    A six-member Rotary exchange group from Germany presented a program to Vandalia Rotarians earlier this month.

    The group was on a month-long trip in the United States, but much of their time was spent in Illinois. Pictured with the German delegation is Vandalia Rotary Club President Lyn Gartke, right.

  • CEFS Open House is next Thursday

    An open house will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at the CEFS Fayette Outreach office, located at 517 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia.
    The open house, in celebration of Community Action Month, will include refreshments and door prizes.

  • Resource Expo is next Thursday

    The Transition Planning Committee of Fayette County will hold a Transition and Community Resource Expo next Thursday at the Lincoln School Community Center at 525 W. Lincoln St. in Vandalia
    The expo will run from 3-5 p.m. at the former Lincoln School.
    The expo will offer information on the topics of:
    • Educational and training opportunities.
    • Financial aid.
    • Employment opportunities
    • Job placement
    • Social Security
    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Self-advocacy

  • Vandalia Cleanup Week is May 14-18

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week May 14-18.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash.