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  • Grants for Guns

    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison, center, presented to the Ramsey and Brownstown police departments AR-15 rifles that were purchased through a grant program he operates to provide equipment for local law enforcement agencies.

    Accepting the guns were Steve Flood of the Ramsey department, left, and Caleb Walton of the Brownstown department. The purchases used $3,300 in grant monies; Morrison funds the grants through drug forfeitures and seizures in the county. Grant funds have also been used to purchase radar guns and body cameras for officers.

  • State police handling accident investigation

    The investigation into last week’s accident in downtown Vandalia that resulted in the deaths of four members of a Greenville family is now in the hands of the Illinois State Police.

  • Alderman leaves meeting, resigns

    A Vandalia alderman who criticized city council members voting to allow two gaming businesses, then walked out of Monday’s council meeting, has resigned from the council.
    But, Vandalia’s mayor planned to talk to Terry Beesley about reconsidering that action.
    Beesley initiated a lengthy discussion at the end of Monday’s meeting by saying that he feels that aldermen who supported two businesses operating solely for gaming made the wrong choice.

  • Conder wins county clerk post

    The effects of a strong Republican turnout on Tuesday were evident at all levels of government, including Fayette County, where the two contested races went to GOPs.
    Republican Vicky Conder won the county clerk recorder position, garnering more than 57 percent of the vote in defeating Democrat Kelly Taylor.
    And in the race for a District 1 seat on the Fayette County Board, Republican Jacob Harris received a little more than 55 percent of the vote in beating Democrat Timothy Hill.

  • 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.