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Local News

  • Brown, Bowling crowned at VCHS prom

    Brittany Brown and Adam Bowling were crowned queen and king at the Vandalia Community High School prom on Saturday evening.

    For photos from the prom, see this Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Fire destroys empty house

    A fire early Saturday morning destroyed a vacant house.

    Vandalia firefighters were called out at about 2:30 a.m. for a house fire at the west end of Edwards Street.

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

  • Vandalia Cleanup Week is May 12-16

    The city of Vandalia's annual spring Cleanup Week is May 12-16.

    During that week, residents may get rid of larger unwanted items by setting them out with their trash on their regular trash pickup day.

    The following items WILL NOT be picked up:

    Paint in a wet stage.

    Car batteries.

    Brush and other landscape waste.

    Construction materials.

    Hazardous waste materials.

    Tires.

    For more information, contact Vandalia City Hall, 283-1196.

  • UPDATE---State funds for Extension, SWCDs reportedly will be released

    Illinois legislators are being told by their leadership that they can tell University of Illinois Extension and soil & water conservation districts in their districts that state funding for their agencies is going to be released.

    But local representatives for those agencies dont plan to celebrate until the checks are in their hands.

  • News Briefs

    Unemployment up in Fayette County

    Fayette County had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent in March, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

    The March 2008 total is significantly higher than the March 2007 figure, 6.2 percent. The March 2008 total, however, is significantly lower than the January 2008 figure, 9.1 percent.

    According to IDES, work force conditions did begin to slowly improve in March. Although weather conditions were not particularly favorable, some construction projects did get under way.

  • Sprucing Up the Downtown
  • Residents helping Douglas tell Brownstown's history

    Brownstown Schools librarian Aubrey Douglas has had a goal since college to establish archives of history, genealogy facts and photographs for a community.

    I am interested in genealogy myself, Douglas said. And before I retired, I wanted to set up a local history collection for Brownstown.

    She is making progress with this goal in the Brownstown High School Library, with the assistance of Brownstown native Joann Strobel and other interested people in the Brownstown-Sefton area.

  • Farmers badly need warm, dry weather

    One thing that Fayette County farmers dont have to worry about at this point is soil moisture. In fact, its the only thing working in the farmers' favor.

    Precipitation this spring is continuing to prevent most of the countys farmers from getting this years corn and soybeans crop into the ground, according to Fayette County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Marshel.

    I have seen some (corn) being planted, but I dont see any emerging, Marshel said.

    Were still at a very minimal amount of corn being planted, he said.

  • Big cuts coming if governor doesn't release Extension monies

    Because it has a little surplus built up, the Fayette and Clay counties unit of University of Illinois Extension believes it can make it through to the end of the current fiscal year without much of a problem.

    But beyond that, the local Extension unit and all other units in the state is looking at some substantial cuts if Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich continues withholding funds that have already been appropriated for Extension.

  • Vandalia will revise ordinance on modular, manufactured homes

    The city of Vandalia has decided to revise its ordinance governing the placement of manufactured homes after hearing from a family that lost its home to a fire in January.

    The Jeremy Beck family has been told by the city that it cannot, under the current ordinance, replace its burned out home with a manufactured home at the northeast corner of Sixth and Garfield streets.