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  • Man accepts 12 years in prison for sex crime

    A rural Vandalia man accused of having sex with a minor female has agreed to go to prison.

    Robert E. Danford, 32, accepted a 12-year prison term in pleading guilty to a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child last Thursday in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    Danford entered an Alford plea of guilty, which means that he agreed that the prosecution had sufficient evidence to convict him.

  • Friedel-Goggin battle continues-electoral board to convene on Monday

    A little more than two months after a county electoral board ruled that a Greenville attorney could not run as the Republican candidate for states attorney in November, it is being asked to determine whether he may run as an independent candidate.

    Not only is that Greenville attorney willing to fight for the right to be on the November ballot, but he is also alleging that the incumbent states attorney has abused the power of his office in an attempt to keep him off the ballot.

  • Fireworks are Saturday

    Vandalia's fireworks display over Vandalia Lake is on Saturday.

    The fireworks are sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club, with support from local businesses and organizations.

  • Band's fundraiser cookout is Thursday

    A barbecue to raise funds for the Vandalia Community High School marching band will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday on the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Mattes Ave. The proceeds will be used to pay the band's expenses related to its performance in the Outback Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla., on New Year's Day 2009.

  • CSX will fix Remann crossing

    After hearing numerous complaints from local residents, CSX Railroad plans to rehabilitate the Remann Street crossing.

    However, the crossing will not be improved to the level desired by city officials, and CSX apparently doesnt plan to make improvements to other crossings in town.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced at a city council committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon that a company official told him that CSX will close the Remann Street crossing for two-three months to repair the crossing.

  • City will enforce Gallatin parking law

    Instead of changing the law governing parking along Gallatin Street downtown, a Vandalia City Council committee has decided that the city will enforce the law currently on the books.

    And the Vandalia Police Department plans to begin stricter enforcement of that law on July 1.

    That law limits parking on Gallatin Street between Third Street and Sixth Street to two hours, 24 hours a day.

  • Sheriff's office has dog to help sniff out drugs, missing persons

    The newest member of Fayette County Sheriffs Office law enforcement team does not sit behind the wheel in a squad car. In fact, he doesnt even sit in the front seat.

    Phantom sits in the back seat of Deputy Shawn Carters squad car, always ready to assist Carter, Sheriff Aaron Lay and other county officers in drug cases or in searches for missing individuals.

    A German shephard, Phantom is now Carters constant companion.

  • Vandalia's fight to keep Orgill continues

    Contrary to rumors that were circulating in the community late last week, Orgill Inc. has not yet determined where it will build a new distribution center.

    That means that Vandalia is still in the running for that center, which will measure about 700,000 square feet and employ up to 350 people.

    It also means that the company has not yet decided to close its distribution center on Veterans Avenue, which employs about 140 people.

  • UPDATE-Large crowd gathers for Orgill support photo

    UPDATE-Posted at 5 p.m. on Tuesday – A large crowd gathered on the lawn of the Orgill facility in Vandalia on Tuesday afternoon to show their support for a larger distribution center in Vandalia.

    The crowd gathered for a photo organized by a group of employees led by Justin Arndt.

    For more, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

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    UPDATE: To show the community's support for Orgill, and the jobs that the company provides locally, the employees have organized a community photo at the facility at Veterans Avenue at 4 p.m. today (Tuesday).

  • City dealing with rail crossings, downtown parking

    Meeting for less than 30 minutes on Monday, city officials discussed things that can be done to address two traffic matters.

    First, it set a meeting to discuss the use of parking spaces along Gallatin Street in the downtown business district.

    Second, the mayor told how city residents can be a part of a campaign to help improve deteriorating railroad crossings in Vandalia.