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  • UPDATE-'Portrait of a Solider' on display at KC

    A riveting memorial for Illinois' fallen soldiers reached Vandalia on Monday. At the request of Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition is at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore St., Vandalia.

    The memorial exhibition, which has been viewed by thousands of people in more than 35 cities and towns throughout Illinois, is a series of hand-drawn portraits of more than 180 Illinois men and women who have died in service to our country since Sept.11, 2001.

  • City gets $454,000 settlement from ICG

    After it shut down its north-side line from Freeport to Centralia in the early 1980s, Illinois Central Gulf Railroad began selling off the rail line right of way. The problem was that the land wasn’t ICG’s to sell.

    The recent conclusion of a class action suit provided reimbursement to the municipalities, organizations and individuals that purchased the land from ICG. Included in the settlement was the city of Vandalia.

  • Water, sewer rate hike likely

    Vandalia residents will likely see small increases in their water and sewer rates, starting next month.

    A 6.08-percent increase in water rates and a .59-percent hike in sewer rates are what’s being recommended, and what will go into effect unless the city council decides otherwise at its meeting next Monday night.

  • Committee recommends implementation of boulevard parking restrictions

    Vandalia residents whose vehicles have been blocking passages for pedestrians and vehicular traffic – even when they use their driveway – have been given a few weeks to come up with a new parking spot.

    And as the enforcement of the city ordinance that prohibits obstructing traffic is stepped up, the city is putting in place new guidelines for parking vehicles on residential boulevards.

    At a lengthy meeting last Wednesday night, the Vandalia City Council’s streets and sewers committee agreed to have the city enforce the following ordinance:

  • City likely will implement boulevard parking restrictions

    The days in which Vandalia residents can park on unimproved boulevards are likely limited.

    That's because a Vandalia City Council committee is recommended that in order for residents to park on boulevards in front of their homes, that area must covered with either concrete, asphalt or CA-6 rock.

    That's the recommendation formulated by the council's streets and sewers committee at a meeting last Wednesday.

    That committee recommended that enforcement of that ordinance amendment begin on Oct. 1.

    For the full story, see this Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Ramsey bank robber gets 20 years

    About two months after pleading guilty to the robbery of First National Bank in Ramsey last November, a Springfield man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    Jason M. Echols, 33, was sentenced on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Benton.

    Courtney Cox, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said that the 20-year sentence will run consecutively with an 11-month sentence imposed in federal court for violating the terms of supervised release in that district.

  • Midland States Bank buy two Peoples National Bank facilities

    Peoples National Bank announced on Wednesday that Midland States Bank will be acquiring its Effingham and Vandalia banking facilities.

    “We are very happy with the Effingham and Vandalia branches and are proud to have had the opportunity to serve our customers in these two markets. The sale of these two branches provides a great opportunity for us to redeploy assets to take advantage of growth opportunities in our core market areas,” said President Bill Bonan.

  • Brad Williams chosen for St. Elmo award for his contributions to St.Elmo

    A St. Elmo resident who has worked at keeping the Fayette County Courthouse clean for more than two decades was recognized on Monday for helping to keep his community clean.

    Brad Williams received the Citizen of the Year Award from Mayor Jayson Porter on Monday evening as St. Elmo’s three-day Labor Day Celebration came to a close.

    Williams was one of four nominees for the award, which is sponsored by the St. Elmo Business Association.

  • Monument honors 3 Mulberry Grove High School grads killed in Vietnam

    More than 35 years have passed since James Scroggins, Ronald Shipley and Michael Scott died in Vietnam. But their former classmates at Mulberry Grove High School have not forgotten about them, or about their service to this country.

    On Sunday afternoon, a large crowd – including family members of those three men – was on hand in front of the high school to dedicate a monument erected in their memory.

  • Goggin's back in the race

    Dan Goggin is back in the race.

    Goggin, who was unsuccessful in two attempts to get on the November ballot as the Republican candidate for state’s attorney, is once again a challenger to incumbent Democrat Stephen Friedel.

    Goggin, a Greenville attorney, filed with Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun on Friday the paperwork necessary to become a write-in candidate for state’s attorney at the general election on Nov. 4.