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  • LaDage, Bell receive Abe Awards

    Two individuals with long careers in Vandalia and equally long lists of volunteer involvements were presented Abe Awards at last Thursday’s annual banquet of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Sharon LaDage received the Abe Award for non-chamber members, while Dave Bell received the award for chamber members.

  • Low voter turnout on Tuesday

    With only one local candidate on the ballot involved in contested race, the main attraction in Tuesday’s election for Fayette County voters was the input in regional and statewide races.

    And because most of the local candidates were running unopposed, many county residents decided not to go to the polls. According to Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, only about 12 percent of the county’s registered voters turned out for the primary election.

    The county officeholders whose terms expire this year all ran unchallenged on Tuesday.

  • Field of Dreams leaders to address chamber

    Two men who are involved in the Vandalia Field of Dreams project will present the program at this Wednesday's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    Luke Hohlt and Brian Buscher are among the local people involved in the project to improve the baseball fields in Vandalia.

    Also on Wednesday, new chamber President Shaun Murray will conduct his first meeting as president of the organization.

    The chamber meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

     

  • LaDage, Bell receive Abe Awards

    A long-time educator and the publisher of The Leader-Union were honored on Thursday night for their service to the community.

    Sharon LaDage and Dave Bell each received an Abe Award from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce during the chamber's annual banquet on Thursday night at the American Legion Home.

    Also at the banquet, the outgoing chamber president, Joanna Helm, handed the gavel to the 2010 president, Shaun Murray.

    For the complete story, see next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Clerk gives undervoting notification

    From the office of Fayette County Clerk & Recorder Terri D. Braun: The State of Illinois has enacted a law which requires our voting equipment to notify voters if they do not vote for every office on the ballot. This is referred to as an under vote. If you choose not to vote for all offices listed, your ballot will be returned to you by the tabulator, and a message will appear on the tabulator read-out, informing you of which office(s) you under voted.

  • Agreement halts prison layoffs

    A mediated agreement reached this week prevents the layoff of state prison workers for at least 17 months.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman received on Tuesday a copy of the mediated agreement approved by the union that represents the majority of state prison workers and the state.

    The mediated agreement is a resolution to the lawsuit filed by the employees’ union, Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, in Johnson County in August of last year.

  • Andy Canning among those helping earthquake victims

    When Vandalia native Andy Canning enlisted in the Navy, he hoped to see the world.

    What he didn’t count on was being deployed to help provide aid to the people of Haiti after a devastating earthquake hit the area on Jan. 12.

    But that’s exactly where he’s found himself.

  • Census promotion gets under way

    They may have been worried that filling out the form would mean providing information that could lead to identity theft. They may have not understood that their participation would mean more dollars for their local city and schools.

    Whatever the reason, about one-third of St. Elmo’s residents chose not to participate in the 2000 Census.

    And area officials want to see that that doesn’t happen again. In fact, those in St. Elmo are a little ahead of the game this time.

  • FCH, operator OK amendment to operating agreement

    The Fayette County Hospital District Board and the company that has operated the local hospital for the past five years on Monday hammered out an amendment to the management agreement between the two entities.

    In that new agreement – termed the “first amendment to the use, operating and management agreement” – Heartland Health System Inc. agreed to share more financial information with the board, and the board was given the option to terminate the relationship between the two after giving Heartland a six-month notice.

  • Former St. Elmo superintendent dies

    James Smith, a long-time superintendent of the St. Elmo School District, died Monday afternoon at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    Mr. Smith, who was honored in 2009 as St. Elmo's Citizen of the Year, was St. Elmo's superintendent from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. He was a member and past president of the St. Elmo Lions Club and was involved in many community organizations and projects in St. Elmo over the past 45 years.

    His obituary is in our Obituaries section on this Web site.