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  • Election board grants Friedel objection to remove Goggin from ballot

    A local electoral board ruled on Tuesday that an error on documents filed on behalf of a Greenville attorney who wishes to run for Fayette County state's attorney is grounds to keep him off of the ballot.

    But Republican Dan Goggin said he would likely appeal that decision in an attempt to square off against Democratic incumbent Stephen Friedel.

    In making its ruling, the electoral board also dismissed Goggin's motion seeking dismissal of an objection Friedel filed last Wednesday in which he asked to remove Goggin as a candidate.

  • Second chance will unveil new shelter and kennel this Saturday

    The organization of volunteer individuals who have worked since 2004 to rescue dogs and cats from abuse and neglect is inviting the public to view its new rescue shelter and boarding kennel this Saturday.

    Second Chance Animal Rescue will hold a grand opening at its new facility from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The rescue shelter and boarding kennel is located about 1 1/2 south of U.S. Route 40 at Bluff City.

  • Braxton Denton involved in politics, local causes

    Though young in years, Braxton Denton has proven himself in the past to be an asset to his family, his friends, his church, his community and, more recently, to his college and Phi Theta Kappa.

    Denton, who will turn 21 in October, is a very personable, courteous, friendly, young man who seems to never meet a stranger. He has the gift of making everyone he meets feel as though he or she is someone of importanceand that person is important to Braxton.

  • Objection to state's attorney candidate granted

    But Daniel Goggin said he will continue to fight for his right to run for state's attorney by filing an appeal.

    State's Attorney Stephen Friedel, a Democrat, filed an objection to Goggin's right to run in the general election, alleging that Goggin filed his nominating paperwork too late.

    After the electoral board ruled in Friedel's favor, Goggin said he will appeal the decision as allowed by law, taking the matter to the circuit court.

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

  • Honor Chorus concert is this Saturday

    The Vandalia Elementary School's Honor Chorus will present its spring performance at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday in the Vandalia Elementary School gym.

    The chorus will be singing songs from "High School Musical."

    The concert is free, but donations will be accepted in honor of Carol Osborne, the Honor Chorus founder. The proceeds will go to Fayette County Relay for Life, which will be held on Saturday, June 7, on the high school track.

  • Watson works to stabilize VCC operations for future

    State Senator Frank Watson (R-Greenville) says hes disappointed the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) is proceeding with its ill-conceived plan to close the farm operation at the Vandalia Correctional Center (VCC), but hes hopeful commitments to enhance the Beverage and Meat Processing plants stabilizes the facility for the future.

  • City restricts parking at senior center

    The Vandalia City Council discussed at length on Monday whether to impose parking restrictions for the Vandalia Senior Citizens Center.

    And while a couple of aldermen questioned whether to limit parking there, or even whether it is the citys place to do so, an ordinance amendment putting those controls on the books was approved unanimously.

  • Parking draws lengthy debate

    After lengthy debate during both a committee meeting and the regular council meeting on Monday night, the Vandalia City Council approved action related to parking in the 200 block of South Second Street.

    The council, acting upon complaints of the Redwood Inn owners, agreed to have parking space lines painted along the east side on the north end of that block, adjacent to the new vehicle display lot created by Arthur Young Inc.

  • Vandalia wraps up small industry

    A small industry has relocated to Vandalia.

    JoAnn Givens, the citys director of economic development and tourism, announced at Mondays Vandalia City Council meeting that BindTech Products Inc. has moved to Vandalia from Shelbyville.

    BindTech, which is a sales and service company specializing in the repair and maintenance of bindery equipment for the printing industry, currently employs seven people, though it hopes to expand in the future, Givens said.

  • Soil, water conservation district waiting for release of state funds

    While Illinois governor continues to work on adding services for state residents, some agencies are struggling to survive because Rod Blagojevich has failed to released their already promised allocations.

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District is among those agencies, having received less than a quarter of their budgeted amount.

    To date, the SWCD has been given $14,000, or about 18 percent of its appropriated amount, for this years operations. The state budget includes $88,000 for the conservation district.