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  • Fayette County to receive emergency food and shelter funds

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive $20,003.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the County.

    The selection was made by the National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, and the United Way of America. The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

  • E911 board gets to work

    The committee charged with implementing Enhanced 911 service in Fayette County learned pretty quickly that it has a monumental task.

    But the person leading that committee still believes that the task can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, who also serves as chairman of the county’s new Emergency Telephone System Board, told county board members on Tuesday that the new group has held one meeting.

  • The process of picking Watson's successor gets under way

    The process of selecting state Sen. Frank Watson’s replacement is under way, and one of the candidates for the job is a local resident.

    Randy Pollard, the Fayette County Republican Central Committee chairman, is among the candidates for Watson’s seat, which becomes vacant next Monday.

    Watson, who has served as this area’s senator for more than a quarter of a century and as the senate minority leader for the past six years, announced last week that he is stepping down.

  • Deem, McCarty receive Abes from Chamber

    One of two people honored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce last Thursday for their service to the community said he didn’t think much about the time he has volunteered to serve children in the community.

    The other recipient of an Abe Award said he’s only one of many giving time to improve the quality of life in Vandalia.

    Both Rod Deem and Tom McCarty were recognized for serving the community in numerous ways.

  • Frank Watson resigns Senate seat

    Three months after stepping down as the minority leader in the Illinois Senate, Frank Watson has announced that he will resign from his Senate seat.

    Watson, the Greenville pharmacist who has represented this region in the Illinois General Assembly for more than three decades, said Monday that his resignation from the Senate will be effective on Monday, Feb. 16.

    Watson cited several reasons for leaving the Senate, among those the need to continue vigorous rehabilitation from a stroke he suffered last October.

  • Consolidation meetings held in Brownstown, St. Elmo

    Residents of Brownstown and St. Elmo had two opportunities last week to learn about the proposed consolidation of their school districts.

    They also had the chance to ask questions about the proposed consolidation, which will go before the voters on April 7.

    Each of the two informational meetings – on Wednesday in Brownstown and on Thursday in St. Elmo – drew about 90 people.

  • Wehrle wins top ballot spot for mayoral election

    By winning a coin toss last Wednesday, John D. Wehrle Jr. gained the top spot on the ballot in Vandalia's mayoral election this April.

    The coin toss was held because Wehrle and Rick Gottman, who is seeking a third term as mayor, both filed nominating petitions at the same time.

    The third mayoral candidate, Neil Clark, will appear third on the ballot.

    A coin toss was also held for the race for a two-year Ward II aldermanic seat.

  • Vandalia will hold a larger Lincoln's Birthday celebration

    While Vandalia traditionally has observed Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with a celebration, the one for his 200th birthday next Thursday will be a little bit bigger.

    As always, the main birthday celebration will be at the Vandalia Statehouse, but even that program will be a little different than the one in years past.

    This year’s birthday program will be on the second floor of the Statehouse, in the House of Representatives chambers, where Lincoln began his career in politics.

  • Family Y gets big donation, 99-year lease at Grand Raffle

    The Family Y of Fayette County, at its annual Grand Raffle event on Saturday, announced several major developments in its efforts to build a new facility in Vandalia.

    Under the theme of “Building the Future,” the fund-raising event raised money for the YMCA’s 2009 operating budget.

    But this year, it also served as a platform to announce the receipt of two significant donations toward the construction of the organization’s proposed $2 million building.

  • Monday at 9 a.m.: Frank Watson stepping down

    State Sen. Frank Watson announced on Monday morning that he will be resigning from the Illinois Senate.

    Watson, a Greenville resident who has served as the Senate minority leader in recent years, continues to recover from a stroke he suffered last October.

    Watson said Monday morning that he is resigning for several reasons, including his need to continue rehabilitation and his desire to spend more time with his family, which includes wife Susan, two children and a grandson.

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