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  • Mattoon man arrested for armed robbery of St. Peter bank

    A Mattoon man who allegedly robbed the bank in St. Peter at gunpoint on Tuesday was in Fayette County Jail on Wednesday awaiting the filing of formal charges.

    W. Kelly Campbell, 39, of Mattoon, is in jail on pending charges of armed robbery and unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly surrendered to authorities without incident shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

    According to the Illinois State Police, a man obtained an undisclosed amount of money at First State Bank of St. Peter after presenting a gun to a bank employee.

  • Vandalia plans to continue agressive recruitment efforts after Orgill picks Sikeston

    Within a week of learning that Vandalia will be losing one of its major employers, city officials voiced optimism about moving forward by continuing to aggressively market Vandalia to industrial and commercial prospects.

    Orgill announced last Wednesday afternoon that it had chosen Sikeston, Mo., over Vandalia as the home for a new distribution center. That center will replace the ones currently being operated in Vandalia and Memphis, Tenn.

  • Orgill picks Sikeston over Vandalia

    Vandalia officials learned late Wednesday that their efforts to retain jobs at the local Orgill facility and procure more jobs at a new company facility were unsuccessful.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman and Orgill President Ron Beal both issued press releases confirming that Orgill had chosen Sikeston, Mo., as the home for a Mid-America SuperCenter.

    Vandalia and Sikeston were the finalists for the new distribution center that will reportedly employ about 350 people.

    Orgill officials said Wednesday that the new 795,000-square-foot facility will be built on a 70-acre site.

  • Delay on picking Wodtka's successor

    Marsha Wodtka still doesn't know who will serve as her temporary successor when she retires at the end of this month.

    Wodtka announced in July of last year that she would not seek an eighth term as Fayette County's circuit clerk, and submitted in June of this year her plans to retire on July 31.

    In her retirement letter, Wodtka recommended that the Fayette County Board appoint Mary Sue Ruot to serve as the circuit clerk until the November general election.

  • Kern resigns as AD; extra duties with closed campus

    In a move designed to prepare for the introduction of a closed lunch hour at Vandalia Community High School this fall, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday accepted Brian Kerns resignation as high school athletic director.

    Kern, who has served in a split position as assistant principal and athletic director for the past two years, will retain his duties as assistant principal.

  • Enhanced 911 on the November ballot

    Fayette County residents will decide in November whether Enhanced 911 service becomes available in this county.

    The Fayette County Board voted unanimously last Thursday to put an Enhanced 911 referendum on the general election ballot.

    County residents will vote on whether they are willing to pay $2.75 per month for each network connection for that service, which makes a large amount of information available to emergency responders at the time an emergency call is made.

  • Orgill campaign continues

    The city of Vandalia continued to campaign for a new Orgill facility in a recent meeting with an Orgill consultant.

    Mayor Rick Gottman said the meeting with J.M. Mullif of Memphis, Tenn., represents the citys latest effort to land a distribution center that would employ more than 300 people.

    It was a face-to-face meeting where we could further explain our proposal, Gottman said.

  • County delays action on Wodtka's replacement

    The Fayette County Board decided on Thursday to delay a decision on who will run the county's circuit clerk's office when Marsha Wodtka retires at the end of this month.

    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that a vote on the issue has been delayed to give the Fayette County Republican Central Committee more time to submit its recommendation on a temporary circuit clerk. He said that the Democrat Central Committee has submitted its recommendation.

  • Enhanced 911 on November ballot

    Fayette County residents will vote in November on the implementation of Enhanced 911 service.

    The Fayette County Board voted unanimously on Thursday to put the E911 issue on the general election ballot.

    County resident will vote on a $2.75 monthly surcharge per phone network connection.

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

  • Amy Fulk is new Miss Fayette County Fair

    Amy Fulk of St. Elmo reacts upon being named the 2008 Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Monday night at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.