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  • Township officials meeting here on Thursday

    Fayette County will be hosting a seminar for Township Officials of Fayette County on Thursday evening at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Center.

    The event will run from 7-9 p.m., with Joe Hill, Sharon Township supervisor, delivering the welcome.

    The election of the group's officers will be held, followed by an address on networking and communication by Bryan Smith, Township Officials of Illinois executive director.

    The evening will also include 40-minute break-out sessions on such topics as general assistance, and communication and networking.

  • UPDATE-2:30 p.m. Thursday---LaDage appointed to electoral board

    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm announced on Thursday afternoon that he had appointed Bill LaDage to the Fayette County Electoral Board.

    LaDage, a Vandalia resident who is a retired school teacher and principal, will serve on the electoral board with Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun and Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay at a hearing on Monday afternoon.

  • UPDATE-8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14: Electoral Board to convene on Monday

    The Fayette County Electoral Board, with new two members, will convene on Monday afternoon to decide whether Greenville attorney Dan Goggin may run as the Republican candidate for state's attorney.

    An electoral board hearing was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, but the board could not legally convene because it was one member short.

  • Watson gives chamber members a capitol update

    Four years ago, when area residents played a key role in staving off Gov. Rod Blagojevichs attempt to close Vandalia Correctional Center, their efforts were in the forefront as legislators worked to prevent something like this happening in the future.

    Now, legislators are looking at Orgills plan to close its Vandalia facility as they consider ways to make Illinois more competitive in the arena of economic development.

  • County board appoints Ruot circuit clerk

    The Fayette County Board voted 9-4 on Tuesday to appoint Mary Sue Ruot to the circuit clerk position, but not before some discussion about politics being involved in the appointment.

    Doing most of the talking was board Chairman Steve Knebel, who said he was prepared to appoint Ruot to the post, despite opposition from Republicans.

    At issue was whether it was fair to appoint Ruot to the post vacated by the retirement of Marsha Wodtka, because Ruot is a candidate for circuit clerk in the November general election. She is being opposed by Republican Nona Nonie Beckman.

  • Friedel objects to new Goggin petition; electoral board meeting Wednesday

    The Fayette County Electoral Board is being asked for the second time in about four months to determine whether Greenville attorney Dan Goggin can run as a Republican candidate for states attorney in November.

    The board was scheduled to covene on Wednesday, five days after the incumbent states attorney, Democrat Stephen Friedel, filed an objection to nomination documents filed on Aug. 1 by the Fayette County Republican Central Committee on Goggins behalf.

  • Former Fayette County state's attorney dies Sunday

    Rod Irvin, who served as Fayette County's state's attorney from 1992-96, died early Sunday morning at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo. He was 43.

    Obituary information for Mr. Irvin appears in the Obituary section of www.leaderunion.com.

  • Friedel files objection to Goggin's petition

    A week after Dan Goggin filed documents trying to get back on the ballot as a Republican candidate for state's attorney in Fayette County, Democrat incumbent Stephen Friedel filed an objection to those documents.

    Friedel filed on Friday an objection to the Greenville attorney's nomination papers, arguing that Goggin could not fill a vacancy on the ballot because there wasn't a legal vacancy to be filled.

  • Tools for School distribution begins Monday

    This year's Tools for School distribution runs from Monday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

    The distribution hours are: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday; and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday.

    Children must be present to select their supplies. They may be accompanied by a parent, grandparent, guardian, babysitter or other adult.

    Those picking up supplies need to enter through the north door of the church.

  • Six indicted on federal meth charges

    Six area individuals were indicted on methamphetamine charges in federal court on Thursday.

    A. Courtney Cox, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois said that the following individuals had been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine:

    Thomas E. Wilkerson, 46, Shobonier

    David M. Fickes, 39, Effingham

    David M. Murray, 55, Ramsey

    Donald R. Schultz, 52, Vandalia

    Billy D. York, 49, Vandalia

    Wesley D. Conner, 44, Vandalia