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Local News

  • Improvements made to Leader-Union Web site

    Starting this week, people who go online to www.leaderunion.com to get local news, weather, sports, obituaries and advertising information will notice a few changes in The Leader-Union Web site.

    The newspaper is in the midst of a platform change for the Web site, with some improvements being added in the initial stage of that change.

    All of the information that has been available at www.leaderunion.com, including complete obituary information that goes online as we receive it, will still be there, albeit in a slightly different format.

  • County Board OKs loan to health department, but not before a lengthy discussion

    The Fayette County Health Department moved its staff from the basement of the Fayette County Courthouse and a building on North Fifth Street in Vandalia into a former residence 21 years ago.

    Renovations were made to the home at 509 W. Edwards St. in order to prepare the building for the staff, and a number of subsequent renovations followed.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas is this Friday

    Vandalia Main Street Program Activities

    • 5:30 p.m. – Lamplighter, accompanied by carolers, lights the storefronts on Gallatin Street.

    • 6 p.m. – Lighting of community Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets.

    • 6:30 p.m. – Children's story time at Evans Public Library.

    • Other activities between 5 and 8 p.m. – Strolling carolers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, free horse-drawn carriage rides, chainsaw-carved ice sculptures, photos with Santa and silent action play of the nativity.

    Also Downtown

  • York gets 25 years in prison

    A rural Ramsey man who was convicted last month of killing his unborn child will serve more than 20 years in prison.

    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm approved on Monday a sentencing agreement that includes a 20-year prison term for Michael York.

    Also part of the sentence is a five-year prison term for a conviction on a charge of aggravated battery.

    At the conclusion of a two-day trial in October, a Fayette County jury deliberated for about three hours before returning guilty verdicts on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery.

  • County board OKs loan to FCHD for new building after long discussion

    After a lengthy discussion during which some members spoke out against the Fayette County Health Department's choice for a new home, the Fayette County Board approved on Thursday a $400,000 loan for the renovation of that facility.

    The board was asked to approve a loan which would be used to make renovations to the building in the 400 block of West Edwards Street that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber.

    The board approved the loan in a 13-3 vote, with Dan Barenfanger, Jeff Beckman and Dean Bernhardt casting dissenting votes.

  • Clark picks up mayoral petition; Black considering run for city council

    A former member and chairman of the Fayette County Board is considering a run for a seat on the Vandalia City Council, and a former Vandalia businessman is considering a run for mayor.

    According to information from City Clerk Peggy Bowen, Dean Black has picked up candidacy papers for a Ward II seat on the council.

    The Ward II seat had been occupied by Barbie Elliott until her resignation this past summer.

  • Petition work for April election under way

    Though Fayette County residents just went to the polls last week, a number of people are already looking toward the next election.

    Those individuals include Rick Gottman, who is planning to seek a third term as mayor of Vandalia.

    At the consolidated election on April 7 of next year, county residents will be electing mayors or village presidents, as well as half of the city councils or village boards in their communities.

    Also on the April ballot are seats on area school boards and park districts.

  • St. Elmo holds groundbreaking ceremony for the President

    Four days after the citizens of the United States elected a new president, residents of St. Elmo gathered for an inauguration ceremony of sorts for its new President.

    Despite cold, windy weather, a large crowd assembled in an open field east of Driftstone Pueblo on the town’s southern edge for a groundbreaking ceremony for the 85-year-old riverboat that will be converted into a hotel and convention center.

  • FCHD has smoking 'quit kits'

    Go Cold Turkey this year on Thursday, Nov. 20, during the 32th Annual American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. This event encourages smokers to quit smoking for a day, spotlights the dangers of tobacco use and acknowledges the challenges of quitting. To commemorate the Great American Smokeout the Fayette County Health Department will offer free “Quit Kits” to encourage smokers to quit for a lifetime by starting with just one day.

  • Council reverses action on 5th Street parking

    Just a couple of weeks after putting on the books a new law governing parking for a large section of Fifth Street, the Vandalia City Council has voted to rescind that law.

    Going along with a recommendation from its streets and sewers committee, the council voted unanimously to reconsider a law setting parking restrictions on Fifth Street between Randolph and Orchard streets.