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  • Democrats campaign at events on Saturday

    Area Democrats gathered at two locations on Saturday evening to visit with the party’s local, regional and state candidates in November’s general election.
    The first gathering was at The Depot, where a reception was held for Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama.
    That reception was hosted by one of his campaign staff members, Andy Schwarm, a Loogootee area native and Brownstown High School graduate, and his mother, Ann Schwarm.

  • Rummaging through the Downtown

    Despite the threat of rain, the rummage sale held on Saturday by the Vandalia Downtown Merchants Co-op drew good crowds to Gallatin Street. In the first photo, some of the shoppers look through goods offered at stands in the 500 block of West Gallatin Street. In the second photo, Jake and Kristen Bowling look do some shopping at the booth operated by Meg Marquardt (shown) and Jeni Boyd. Because last week's weather forecast may have caused some potential shoppers to stay home on Saturday, the new merchants group will sponsor a downtown rummage sale again this Saturday.

  • Bar owner challenging city smoking law

    A Vandalia bar owner who has been ticketed three times for allegedly violating a city ordinance by allowing smoking in her business is challenging the constitutionality of that ordinance as she seeks dismissal of the tickets.
    According to court records, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason issued tickets to Lisa Doyle, who owns the Redwood Inn with her husband, Albert, for alleged violations on Aug. 12, 19 and 21. Those tickets were recently replaced with new tickets issued to G&T Holdings Inc.

  • County still struggling with state fund shortfalls

    The chairman of the Fayette County Board conceded to county department heads on Tuesday that he is beginning to sound like a broken record.
    But, Steve Knebel said, that’s because he wants the department heads to fully understand the county’s financial situation.
    Knebel told the department heads present for Tuesday’s board meeting, “Please, please, I’m begging you, look over (your budgets) and make cuts.

  • Rotary Club starts challenge for Vandalia blood drives

    Next Tuesday’s blood drive at the Vandalia Moose Lodge will feature a new competitive twist, as the Vandalia Rotary Club introduces its “Making a Difference” challenge.
    The Vandalia Lions Club has accepted this first-ever challenge.
    The winning club will receive $200 in cash for its favorite charity, its name on an engraved traveling plaque and, of course, all the bragging rights that accompany the victory.
    The winner is determined by the group having the most people attempting to give blood in the name of the club.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Sept. 16, 2010

    • David R. Cruz, 28, San Elizario, Texas, was arrested on Sept. 13 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,000.
    • Desire L. Cunningham, 32, Shelbyville, was arrested on Sept. 13 for failure to appear in Marion County court on a  felony charge. Bond was $3,000.
    • Francisco J. Cueto, 19, Chicago, was arrested on Sept. 12 on charges of obstructing justice, obstructing a peace officer and speeding. He was being held for Cook County authorities.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 16

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, September 17

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 9
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20  p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, September 10
    ✔ A country music dance will be held at 7 p.m. at the Patoka Service Center, 210 W. Bond St. Admission is by donation.
    Saturday, September 11

  • Labor Day Fun in St. Elmo

    In the first photo, 3-year-old Gavin Sanders sinks his teeth into a slice of watermelon during the watermelon eating contest on Monday afternoon at the St. Elmo Labor Day Celebration. In the second photo, Mayor Larry Tish (left) presents the Citizen of the Year Award to Roy "Junior" Evans. In the third photo, St. Elmo Fire Chief Doug Engeljohn calls out numbers for bingo. More photos from the celebration will be available on our website, www.leaderunion.com, later this week.
     

  • Auditor: City officials need to take another look at budget

    As he noted a large decrease in revenues in the past year, the person who heads up the firm preparing the city of Vandalia’s audit said it’s time for city officials to take a close look at its spending.
    “We’re in tough times,” Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd. told the Vandalia City Council on Tuesday night. “You really need to think about the budget you adopted earlier this year, because you will not be able to meet your obligations.