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  • State Quitline offers help with smoking cessation

    The Fayette County Health Department is recommending assistance for individuals who are trying to quit smoking as a New Year's resolution.
    Those who are trying to call the Tobacco Quitline, 1-866-QUIT-YES.
    Sonsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the American Lung Association, the Tobacco Quitline is offered free of charge.
    Those who are trying to quit smoking receive support through the Quitline, and they can learn whether they are eligible to receive free nicotene replacement patches through the Fayette County Health Department.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 12

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, January 14
    ✔ The Spirit, Soul and Body Fit Club will meet from 10-11 a.m. at Family YMCA of Fayette County on Rock Island Avenue in Vandalia. There is no membership fee.

  • Shimkus accepting military valentines

    Congressman John Shimkus (R, Ill.-19) is kicking off his “Valentines for Heroes” program, which has become a popular tradition for his constituents.
    Shimkus’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
    “Thousands of valentines come into my offices every year since we began Valentines for Heroes,” he said.
    “The people of Central and Southern Illinois are overwhelmingly generous and supportive of our military men and women, past and present.”

  • The 2012 L-U Bridal Guide is now available in our office!
  • It's Here!

    Copies of our 2012 Bridal Guide are now available at The Leader-Union office, 229 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. The guides are available free of charge

  • Coloring Contest Winners

    Pictured here are the three winners of the holiday coloring contest sponsored by The Leader-Union and 16 area business.

    In the first photo is Sara Blackburn, age 4. In the second photo is Katelyn Koontz, 8 1/2. In the third photo is Abby Guffey, 7. Each of the winners received a $10 Family Video gift card.

  • Third Time's a Charm for Pujols Poster

    The drawing for the Albert Pujols "Got Milk?" poster was held on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

  • Master Gardener deadline is Thursday

    If you have an interest in gardening and want to learn more about gardening, fruit trees and how to manage insect pests, then you may want to check out the University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program.
    More than 3,500 master gardeners across Illinois volunteer in their community and share their knowledge with others through their local Extension office.
    Master gardeners are an important part of the educational mission of local University of Illinois Extension offices.

  • Carole Cripe Green picked for GEM Award

    Carole Cripe Green, a Vandalia area native who is a past state legislator and currently serves as a lobbyist, was chosen to receive the annual GEM Award by the Fort Myers Republican Women’s Club during the Tuesday, Dec. 13, luncheon meeting.

    The GEM Award represents individuals who have shown Good leadership, Effort in establishing programs and policies, and being a Major contributor to the community through time and effort.

  • CEFS seeks VITA volunteers

    The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. is seeking volunteer tax preparers to join its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program.
    This program provides tax assistance/preparation services at no cost for low-to-moderate-income people (based on income eligibility).
    The season will begin in early February and continue through mid-April.
    Volunteers must meet these qualifications:
    • Enjoy helping people.
    • Be patient and understanding of others.
    • Be committed to providing a community service.