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  • Vandalia alderman plans to resign after walking out of Monday meeting

    An aldermen who walked out of Monday's city council meeting after voicing his displeasure with the council's decision to allow two gaming businesses plans to resign.

    Ward III Alderman Terry Beesley told The Leader-Union early Tuesday morning that he had submitted a letter of resignation.

    A short time later on Tuesday, Mayor Rick Gottman said that he planned to talk to Beesley about the resignation.

  • VJHS donating Thursday gate proceeds to Greenville family

    Vandalia Junior High School will be donating the gate proceeds from the girls basketball game with Greenville this Thursday night to the family suffering from the car-train accident last Thursday evening. The game starts at 6 p.m.

  • More Route 51 Hearings coming up
  • Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade winners
  • Three fatalities in car-train wreck identified

    Three individuals were killed when the SUV they were in was struck by an eastbound train at the Sixth Street crossing in downtown Vandalia shortly before the start of the Halloween parade.

    Two other individuals in the vehicle were seriously injured and airlifted to a metropolitan hospital.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen identified the three fatalities as 10-year-old Abby Wisnasky; her brother, 13-year-old Drake Wisnasky; and a stepsister, 18-year-old Alyssa Sewell.

  • Three dead after train-vehicle accident

    Three people were killed and two seriously injured as a result of a train-vehicle accident at the Sixth Street crossing just before 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday).

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said two of the people who were fatally injuried were in the vehicle hit by the train. Bowen said the vehicle was between the downed crossing gates as the train approached.

    The third fatality was a pedestrian who was on the sidewalk on the east side of Sixth Street as the accident occurred, Bowen said.

  • Full slate of Halloween activities on Friday

    • The Vandalia Swimming Pool staff will offer “Nightmare on Eighth Street,” a haunted house in the former Washington School on Eighth Street, on Thursday after the parade, until 10:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8-11 p.m.
    Admission is $6, with all proceeds going toward the swimming pool renovation project.
    • The city of Vandalia will allow trick-or-treating from 6-8 p.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 30

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Lions' parade kicks off Halloween week

    Halloween kicks off in grand style this Thursday night when the Vandalia Lions Club holds its 71st annual Halloween parade.
    The parade begins at 7 p.m. at Seventh and Gallatin streets, and travels east on Gallatin to Third Street.
    Participant lineup and registration begins at 5 p.m. in the area of the former Washington School on Eighth Street.
    Local businesses are again joining with the Lions in sponsoring the parade, offering eight prizes in the float competition and four prizes in the walking group competition.

  • School audit: 'Much improvement'

    The presentation on the Vandalia School District’s audit from the past fiscal year was not what Superintendent Rich Well expected.
    Robin Yockey of the Shelbyville firm that performed that district audit told Well and members of the school board last week that the audit shows “much improvement” over the previous year.
    “The biggest thing is that expenditures were down by $793,000, and the fund balances increased as a result of that,” said Yockey, of the Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull firm.