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  • Tritt, Hayes win pageants

    Lauren Tritt, 18, of Vandalia, was crowned the 2009 Miss Fayette County Fair on Monday night at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.

    Brenna Hayes, 6, won the Little Miss Fayette County Fair crown on Monday night.

    Videos of dances from the pageants area available in the Slide Show/Local Videos area of our Web site. Scroll down on the home page to access those videos.

    The Junior Miss Fayette County pageant is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

    More photos from the pageants will appear on www.leaderunion.com this week.

  • Entries taken for karaoke contest at fair

    Entries are now being accepted for the karaoke contest that will be held next Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Fair.

     

    Entries are now being accepted for the karaoke contest that will be held next Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Fair.

     

    The contest, sponsored by WKRV Radio in Vandalia, will be held at 7:30 p.m.

     

    Cash prizes will be awarded.

     

    To register, contact WKRV Radio at 283-2325 during normal business hours.

  • Quinn's layoffs include 127 at VCC

    After state lawmakers have voiced their opposition to tax increases, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Tuesday his plan for sweeping layoffs in state agencies, including 127 at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    Saying that he was vetoing much of the budget OK’d by legislators two months ago, Quinn said he was initiating the layoffs of 2,500 state workers.

    Quinn also said that his plans include furlough days for both union and non-union employees, and that he would initiate 2,500 more layoffs if those employees fail to go along with the furlough days.

  • Debit card fraud

    Area residents who use debit cards from their banks should be checking their bank accounts to make sure their cards haven’t been used by others for purchases in other states.

    That advice was given by Vandalia’s police chief and a local bank president after the discovery of local debit cards being compromised.

    Police Chief Larry Eason said on Monday that his department had heard from 25-30 residents who had learned of fraudulent purchases on their debit cards.

  • 'As Ever, Stan'

    A Fayette County filmmaker will be offering two local sneak peek screenings of his short film, “As Ever, Stan,” later this month in Greenville.

    The screenings of Alex Schwarm’s film will be shown at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at the Globe Theater.

    These screenings will be open to the public. Seating is limited, and tickets will be available at a nominal price at the box office.

  • City hires firm to look at river intake

    The city of Vandalia is turning to another engineering firm in yet another attempt to get its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River fully operational.

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to hire Gonzalez Companies to study the intake, which has been used very little since its installation in May 2005.

    Through that agreement, the engineering firm will complete within 70 days a study on the river intake. The city will pay the firm a maximum of $22,500 for its work.

  • Entries taken for karaoke contest at fair

    Entries are now being accepted for the karaoke contest that will be held next Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Fair.

    The contest, sponsored by WKRV Radio in Vandalia, will be held at 7:30 p.m.

    Cash prizes will be awarded.

    To register, contact WKRV Radio at 283-2325 during normal business hours.

  • Vandalia ready to distribute Looking for Lincoln rubbing kits

    From the time that the state established the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, Vandalia has always been in the forefront of completing projects designed to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois.

    Shortly after the state announced the startup of the coalition, which is made up of communities with Lincoln history, Mayor Rick Gottman formed a local Looking for Lincoln Committee, choosing Bill Donaldson to lead that group.

  • Committee backs TIF funds for Depot project

    A local family hoping to bring back a popular downtown Vandalia restaurant and bar took another step toward that goal on Tuesday.

    John Truitt Jr. of Shobonier heads a family group that wants to purchase The Depot property and rebuild the business that was gutted by fire close to two years ago.

    On Tuesday, Truitt received the backing of city officials and members of the city’s Tax Increment Financing in his attempt to use TIF monies for The Depot project.

  • Kaskaskia College continuing to grow

    In the past nine years, Kaskaskia College has grown more than any other community college. With 62-percent growth since 2001, KC ranks far ahead of even the second-place community college on that list, Joliet Community College, at 39 percent.

    That success has been possible, KC President Dr. James Underwood said at an open forum last week, because the institution has continued is philosophy of being accessible to the people who want to continue their education.

    Underwood said Kaskaskia offers classes at close to 10 sites within its district boundaries.