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  • Amy Fulk crowned Miss Fayette County

    Amy Fulk of St. Elmo was crowned the 2008 Miss Fayette County Fair on Monday night. Fulk (seated) also won the People's Choice Award. Also shown are the retiring queen, Shayla Branham (far left); first runner-up, Samantha Morrison (second from left); and second runner-Up, Jaclyn Michel (second from right). Michel also won the Most Photogenic and Miss Congeniality awards.

  • County board will vote on E911 referendum

    The Fayette County Board is scheduled to vote Thursday night on putting an Enhanced 911 referendum on the November ballot.

    The Enhanced 911 committee formed by board Chairman Steve Knebel late last year is asking that the county board put the issue on the ballot.

    That committee has recommendation a monthly phone bill surcharge of $2.75 per line.

    A report on the Thursday meeting will be given on our Web site and in next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • UPDATE at 11 a.m. on Monday-Goggin withdraws

    Greenville Attorney Dan Goggin, who planned to run as an independent candidate for Fayette County state's attorney, has decided to drop out of the election.

    Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun announced late Monday morning that Goggin had filed a request to withdraw as a candidate earlier that morning.

    Because of his withdrawal, an electoral board hearing slated for Monday afternoon was canceled.

  • Frakes wins Junior Miss crown

    Sarah Frakes won the Junior Miss Fayette County title in a pageant held on Sunday at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.

    The new junior miss (seated) is shown here with the first runner-up, Kayla Black (right) and second runner-up, Shelbee Dunaway (left). Also shown are the 2007 queens, Junior Miss Katlyn Cole (second from left), Miss Fayette County Shayla Branham (far right) and Little Miss Emily Norris (second from right). Kelly Swofford was named Miss Photogenic.

  • Legislators call for end to games with prisons

    A little more than four years ago, Vandalia area residents successfully staved off Gov. Rod Blagojevichs proposal to close Vandalia Correctional Center. Today, residents in another community area having to put up the same kind of fight.

    State legislators who say they are tired of the governor playing political games with Illinois prisons are asking Blagojevich to take action that would keep that from happening in the future.

  • 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.