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  • School district to hold public hearing on economic issues

    The Vandalia School District will hold a public hearing related to district finances prior to Tuesday's school board meeting.

    According to an agenda released on Friday, the public hearing concerns "honorable dismissals on economic necessity."

    The public hearing is at 4:45 p.m. in the district's administration center.

    The board's regular March meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday ih the administration center.

  • School district to hold public hearing on economic issues

    The Vandalia School District will hold a public hearing related to district finances prior to Tuesday's school board meeting.

    According to an agenda released on Friday, the public hearing concerns "honorable dismissals on economic necessity."

    The public hearing is at 4:45 p.m. in the district's administration center.

    The board's regular March meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday ih the administration center.

  • Wrong phone number for concealed carry class

    The phone number for Mike Black, the instructor for concealed carry classes at the Kaskaskia College was given incorrectly.

    The correct number is 427-3847.

  • Soroptimists' Vandalia Idol Finals

    The finals of the fourth annual Vandalia Idol competition sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia were held on Saturday evening at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    The winners are shown in the first photo; from left to right are: Sidney Harnetiaux, People's Choice winner; Ashtyn Ferguson, second place in the youth division; Ravyn Gauch, first place in youth division; David Zimmerman, second in senior division; and Arika Craig, first in senior division. Gauch and Craig are shown performing in the second and third photos.

  • Food Bank distribution feeds 402 people

    The Central Illinois Food Bank returned to Fayette County on Saturday to kick of the fourth year of Food Bank distributions.  In 2010, the Fayette County Farm Bureau began working with the Central Illinois Food Bank to bring food distributions to Fayette County.

  • Post-Prom Roadblock

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring this Saturday as Vandalia Community High School, Post-Prom Parents Roadblock Day.

    With Gottman is a Lisa Brown, a VCHS parent on the post-prom committee.

  • News Brief

    Business expo slated for April

    The local chapter of a business networking organization will be sponsoring a business expo at the Vandalia Elementary School gymnasium on Saturday, April 12.
    The expo, which runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., will include booths prepared by members of BNI Network Masters from Vandalia and Greenville.
    Admission is free. Members of the Vandalia Community High School FFA chapter will provide food and beverages.

  • We Apologize

    The March 13 issue of The Leader-Union included a story on Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray’s program at this month’s Vandalia Chamber of Commerce meeting. That story included some incorrect numbers about cases handled by the department in 2013.
    The numbers should have  been 179 thefts and 864 traffic stops.
    Also, the department has six telecommunicators – four full-time and two part-time.
    We apologize for the errors.
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  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 20
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at Brownstown High School.
    ✔ 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.

  • 35 years for Fickes

    A Vandalia man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his involvement in a methamphetamine-manufacturing operation.