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  • November vote on Enhanced 911 expected

    Fayette County residents are likely to vote in November on the addition of Enhanced 911 emergency phone service for the county.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said at Tuesdays county board meeting that he plans to have the issue on the general election ballot.

    With Enhanced 911 service, county residents provide information about their property, including the presence of hazardous materials, and their family, including particular health issues of family members.

  • Fayette County Relay for Life walking toward 2008 goal

    Though this years Fayette County Relay For Life hasnt yet reached its aggressive goal, co-chair Anita Gottman said she is pretty happy about our progress.

    By midnight Saturday, about halfway through the 12-hour overnight event, she said the effort had raised $56,671 and money is still being turned in, she said Monday. This years goal was $70,000.

    Hopefully, were in reach of our goal, said Gottman, who teamed with co-chair Vickie Miller to organize this years relay.

    Gottman noted that teams are still turning in their pledges and donations.

  • Marsha Wodtka retiring

    Marsha Wodtka has served as Fayette Countys circuit clerk for close to three decades. Now that shes reaching retirement age, shes ready to turn the reins over to someone else and enjoy time with her family.

    Wodtka, who is completing her seventh four-year term as circuit clerk, submitted her resignation to the Fayette County Board on Tuesday night. Her retirement is effective at the end of July.

  • Schools' state money is expected soon

    Though Gov. Rod Blagojevich said three weeks ago that he would release funds to complete the states last two school aid payments of this fiscal year, local school districts have yet to seen any of that funding.

    However, a development Wednesday morning may indicate that funding is on the way.

    The money hasnt been released yet, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told The Leader-Union, but weve been notified that it has been vouchered.

  • Grande Levee is this weekend

    The 40th anniversary of the Grande Levee will be celebrated this weekend at the Vandalia Statehouse. A schedule of this weekend's period celebration is included with this article.

  • Wodtka to retire from circuit clerk's post

    The Fayette County Board is scheduled to receive the resignation of the county's longtime circuit clerk at its regular meeting this Tuesday.

    According to the agenda prepared by County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, the board will be asked to approve the resignation of Marsha Wodtka.

    In her letter to Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, Wodtka said, "I feel this is a good time to retire, so I can devote more time and energy to my family."

  • "Vandalia In Bloom" nominees listed; voting deadline is Monday

    The following homes have been nominated in the City of Vandalias Vandalia In Bloom promotion. The contest is designed to recognize area citizens hard work on the landscaping around their home.

    Six winners will be selected by a panel of judges. However, the public will be allowed to vote in a Peoples Choice category. To vote, see the ad on page 14 of the June 5 issue of The Leader-Union. Deadline for voting is Monday, June 9, at 8:30 a.m.

    For more information, call JoAnn Givens at the Vandalia City Hall, 283-1152.

    Dee DePew

    Bluff City

  • St. Elmo's disc golf course off to a good start

    If Saturday's grand opening of the Eagle Point Disc Golf Course is any indication, St. Elmo's mayor has succeeded in coming up with a new community attraction that people of all ages can enjoy.

    Mayor Jayson Porter estimated that more than 200 people turned out for the grand opening, with many of those playing the new disc golf course that is laid out over close to 26 acres at Lake Nellie north of town on the St. Elmo blacktop.

  • Local man found guilty of felony sex crimes

    A Vandalia man faces a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted of three sex offenses.

    A Fayette County jury found Johnathan L. Matthews guilty of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count aggravated criminal sexual abuse at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial.

    The jury deliberated 90 minutes before returning the verdicts early Wednesday evening.

  • Schaefer family makes hay while the sun shines

    The familiar saying, "Make hay while the sun shines" is more than just an old adage to the Schaefer family.

    It describes the ideal conditions for harvesting their living and continuing what has become a family tradition raising and selling hay not only in their neck of the woods, Beecher City and the surrounding counties, but also for customers as far away as Florida, Arkansas, and Missouri.

    They have provided hay for some of the very finest horse race champions.

    You might say the name Schaefer is almost synonymous with the word hay in some areas.