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  • 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.

  • Tish fails in attempt to dismiss suit

    A request by St. Elmo’s mayor to have a lawsuit filed by the city’s police chief he terminated has been rejected.
    Now, the suit filed against Larry Tish by Ken Thomason will continue with amended filings.
    At a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm denied Tish’s motion seeking dismissal of the amended complaint filed by Thomason in July.

  • Moose donates stuffed animals

    Vandalia Moose Lodge No. 1447 this week donated a number of Tommy Moose stuffed animals to local emergency response agencies. Local police officers and firefighters will give the stuffed animals to youngsters to comfort them in emergency situations. Lodge No. 1447 Gov. Stan Kelly (far left) and Administrator Tom Workman (second from right) presented the stuffed animals to, from left to right, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason and Vandalia Fire Department Chief Merle Adermann.