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  • VCC inmate transferred pending assault charges

    An inmate who allegedly attacked an officer during the recent power outage at Vandalia Correctional Center has been moved to another prison pending the filing of criminal charges in this county.
    David W. Howell, 41, of Decatur, was processed at the Fayette County Jail on Sunday on a charge of aggravated battery of a correctional officer.
    Howell was then taken to Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest on the felony charge.

  • Wright is among the successful '47 graduates

    Several graduates of the Vandalia High School Class of 1947 have been featured in The Leader-Union in the past year, including Dr. Laurene Mabry and June Squibb, regarding their professional accomplishments.

  • Lincoln interpreter here on Saturday

    It was in the Vandalia Statehouse that Abraham Lincoln gained his first political experiences, and it was there that he first spoke out against slavery.
    This Saturday evening, Lincoln will tell about his time in Vandalia.
    A Lincoln historic interpreter will visit the Statehouse from 7-9 p.m. as part of a three-stop trip to state historic sites.
    The interpreter will visit the Bryant College State Historic Site in Bement at 9 a.m., where he will talk about Lincoln’s debate with Stephen Douglas as they competed for a Senate seat in 1858.

  • No water, sewer rate hikes

    For the first time in many years, Vandalia residents can expect not to see increases in their water and sewer rates.
    That’s because the expenses of the city’s water and sewer departments over the past year do not warrant increases.
    In presenting the annual audit report, Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam also gave a report on the city’s water and sewerage systems.
    That reports shows that water system expenses for the year ending April 30 totaled $1,765,070, a .73-percent decrease over the total from the previous year.

  • City turns down TIF aid for Twisters

    In his third appearance before the Vandalia City Council, local developer Dennis Grubaugh learned that he will not get financial assistance from the city for the building that formerly housed Twisters.
    In a 5-2 vote, the council decided not to honor Grubaugh’s request for Tax Increment Financing assistance in replacing the roof on the former entertainment center.
    Grubaugh applied for $75,000 – $25,000 a year for three years – in TIF assistance for the roof replacement, which is estimated to cost $258,750.

  • Shobonier woman dies in I-70 accident

    A Shobonier woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 on Sunday afternoon.

    According to the Illinois State Police, Jeanette A. Sasse, 71, driving a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, drove eastbound into the westbound lanes of I-70 at the 68-mile exit shortly before 2 p.m.

    The state police said that the Sasse vehicle collided head-on with an International tractor-trailer driven by Uulu Marifat Azamat, 22, of Chicago.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen pronounced Sasse dead at the scene at 247 p.m.

  • A hot time on the Prairie
  • Committee will discuss demolition cap fee

    When it meets next Monday evening, a Vandalia City Council committee will consider a request to change its water and sewer disconnect fee for demolition projects.
    A change will be discussed after a resident told the council last week that he feels that the city’s current fee is excessive.
    Mike Wehrle told aldermen that he had to pay a $1,500 fee to cap a water line in the road at a property on which he was demolishing an old, deteriorating building.
    “I feel it is excessive, and I would like it explained,” Wehrle said.

  • CMN Roadblock Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman has designated this Saturday as Children's Miracle Network Roadblock Day in Vandalia.

    On Saturday, volunteers will be accepting donations for the CMN at Sunset Drive and Veterans Avenue. Shown with Gottman are Cheryl Pollard, left, and Franklin Terry III, employees of Walmart, which heads up local fundraising efforts for the CMN.

  • News Briefs

    Mark Meadows elected a VVFD chief
    At its monthly meeting on Aug. 13, the members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department elected Mark Meadows to the position of second assistant chief.
    Meadows, a VVFD member since 2004, succeeds Michael Brown, who resigned earlier this summer upon moving to Atlanta, Ga., for his job. Brown, a member since 1998, was elected second assistant chief in February 2013.

    Brownstown VFW holding Gut Check