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  • Dean Black resigns as county board chairman

    The man who has represented the St. Elmo area on the Fayette County Board for close to a decade and served as its chairman for the past five years has resigned because he has moved from that area.

    Dean Black announced his resignation at the end of Tuesdays county board meeting, saying that he and his wife, Elloise, have moved from St. Elmo to Vandalia.

    I just hope that something Ive done as chairman has helped the county and the residents of the county, said Black.

  • Daughter of resigning alderman appointed to his seat

    Before taking her seat as Vandalia's newest alderman, Lisa McNutt was somewhat familiar with how city government works.

    She gained that knowledge not from being involved in government, but from hanging around her father.

    McNutt, 36, is the daughter of Von Duggins, who resigned from the city council last month after about 20 years of service. Duggins moved out of the city.

    The new Ward III aldermen said, "It (city government) is something that I've been around, because of my dad."

    McNutt's interest in serving as an alderman is simple.

  • Evans Library to celebrate Children's Book Week

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia is celebrating Children's Book Week Nov. 12-18.

    As part of the celebration, each child who checks out a book during the week will receive a book bag.

    Also, children will be registered for gifts that will be given away. Young adult readers are invited to participate and read for the chance to win prizes.

  • City needs Christmas tree

    The city of Vandalia is in need of a large evergreen tree for a community Christmas tree.

    The city is asking for a tree that is 20-25 feet in height. It will be placed near the intersection of Seventh and Gallatin streets.

    If you have a tree that you are willing to donate, contact city hall, 283-1196.

  • Man charged in death of baby

    A Ramsey man is being held without bail in Fayette County Jail after being charged with hitting a female and causing the death of her unborn child.

    Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel has charged Michael E. York, 28, with intentional homicide of a child, a major felony punishable by up to 60 years in prison, and aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

    The charges filed last Thursday stem from an incident in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 29, at a rural Ramsey residence that York shared with Krystal Heggie.

  • More than 200 attend dedication ceremony for Terry J. Emerick Memorial Highway

    Noah Emerick was only 3 1/2 months old when his father, Terry, was killed in the line of duty. But, as state Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville) pointed out on Saturday, Noah learned how many other people loved and respected his father.

    Watson was among the speakers at a ceremony held at Indian Springs Golf Club to dedicate a section of Ill. Route 185 between Vandalia and Hillsboro as the Terry J. Emerick Memorial Highway.

  • Filing for February primary completed

    Several county board races at the primary election in February were set as the filing period for that election ended on Monday.

    And while individuals running for county offices up for election next year will not face opposition at the primary, there will be at least two contested races at the November general election.

    Democrat Mary Sue Ruot and Republican Nona Beckman are running for the post of circuit clerk. The winner will succeed Democrat Marsha Wodtka, who announced in July that she will not seek an eighth term in office.

  • Leader-Union Web site is 'under construction'

    As you can tell, The Leader-Union Web site is under construction. We are in the process of switching to a new Web site format.

    Changes and new features will be phased in over the coming weeks.

    As the new site is being constructed, some features and links may be temporarily out of service.

    When completed, the new site will offer more features, and the site will be updated with fresh news and sports content between print issues of The Leader-Union on a more regular basis.

    Thanks for your patience during the transition.

  • Reception for Casey is Saturday

    A reception for Geraldine Casey in celebration of her 90th birthday will be held this Sunday.

    The reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Ramsey Baptist Church. For those wishing to send cards, her address is: RR 1, Box 35, Bingham, Ill., 62011.

  • Primary filing is under way

    Two of the three county officers whose terms expire next November are running for re-election a year from now, and at least one of those incumbents will face opposition.

    The third county officer seat on the ballot will also be a contested race.

    Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel, a Democrat, and the county coroner, Republican Bruce Bowen, are among the candidates who filed nominating petitions early this week for the primary election next spring.