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  • Ruot named temporary circuit clerk

    As expected, Fayette Countys resident circuit judge took action on Thursday afternoon that put Mary Sue Rout into the circuit clerks seat on a temporary basis.

    Judge S. Gene Schwarm signed an administrative order to fill the vacancy that was created by the retirement of Marsha Wodtka at the end of the day on Thursday.

  • Goggin tries to get back on ballot as a Republican

    A Greenville attorney is making his third bid to be on the Fayette County ballot as a states attorney candidate this November.

    The Fayette County Republican Central Committee filed last Friday a resolution in which it lists Dan Goggin as the partys candidate for states attorney.

    Were going to try it again, Randy Pollard, committee chairman, told The Leader-Union on Friday. I checked with the Illinois Board of Elections, and they said that I had the right to nominate someone. So, we had a meeting today (of the Republican Central Committee), and we re-filed today (Friday).

  • Bluff City takes the brunt of Tuesday storm

    Jena Paulding and her son, Kevin, begin the arduous task of cleanup after their home sustained significant damage from Tuesday's storm. Jena Paulding said that right before the storm hit, her son took a look outside. "He said, 'It's looking funny outside,'" she said. "Then we heard a loud boom, and we ran to the basement." The Pauldings' garage also sustained damage. "I don't even know where to start," Jena Paulding said.

  • Free health and information seminar is Tuesday at Moose Lodge

    A free senior Health and Information seminar will be held this Tuesday at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.

    Its a great opportunity to learn about and get information on a variety of programs for seniors including prescription drugs, insurance programs, veterans benefits and more, said Watson (R-Greenville).

    Free information brochures and health screenings will also be available, according to Senator Watson.

  • Relay for Life Softball Challenge reset for this Saturday

    The Relay for Life Softball Challenge, which was postponed in June due to bad weather, will be held this Saturday at Ruemmelin Park on Locust Street in Vandalia.

    The challenge will feature four games:

    2 p.m.-First National Bank vs. WKRV

    3:30 p.m.-First National Bank vs. Peoples National Bank

    5 p.m.-Fire Department vs. Police Department

    6:30 p.m.-Fire Department vs. Police Department.

    Donations for Relay for Life will be collected during each game.

  • Judge appoints Ruot to circuit clerk post

    Longtime Fayette County Deputy Circuit Clerk Mary Sue Ruot on Friday was named clerk pro tempore following the retirement of Circuit Clerk Marsha Wodtka on Thursday.

    Chief Judge of Fourth Judicial Circuit, S. Gene Schwarm, made that appointment in an administrative order issued at 8 a.m. Friday.

  • Goggin again files as Republican state's attorney candidate

    Nearly three months after he was declared ineligible to run as the Republican candidate for Fayette County States Attorney because of an alleged filing error, Daniel Goggin of Greenville has once again filed as the partys candidate.

    Nomination papers were filed Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the office of Fayette County Clerk & Recorder Terri Braun.

  • Pennsylvania man dies in one-vehicle wreck on I-70

    Members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department work to extricate the body of a Pennsylvania man who sustained fatal injuries in a one-vehicle accident late Tuesday morning on Interstate 70, just west of the 61-mile exit. According to the Illinois State Police, Maynard Torgerson, 73, of Warminster, Pa., was eastbound in a Ford Explorer when the vehicle went into the median for an unknown reason. The vehicle began rolling over after hitting a concrete drain and came to rest on its top in a creek bed. Torgerson was pronounced dead at the scene by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.

  • Wodtka's successor will likely be on the job on Friday

    When the woman who has served as Fayette County's circuit clerk for seven terms retires at the end of the day on Thursday, she doesn't know who will be serving as her temporary replacement.

    But that person is expected to be on the job the next morning.

    Marsha Wodtka is retiring on Thursday after 28 years as this countys circuit clerk. She announced her plans to retire in July of last year.

  • Meth maker gets 10 years; husband's trial is this week

    Five days before her husband went to trial on a charge alleging the manufacture of methamphetamine, a rural Beecher City woman pleaded guilty to that offense.

    Diana L. Griffith, 47, accepted a 10-year prison sentence in pleading guilty last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    In accepting a plea bargain, Griffith pleaded guilty to the manufacture of less than 400 grams of methamphetamine.

    Griffith and her husband, Charles E. Griffith, 48, were arrested on methamphetamine manufacture charges after a raid on their residence by the Fayette County Sheriffs Office.