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  • Sheriff, clerk candidate talk issues at forum

    While candidates for county clerk cited their experience in other areas at a recent candidates’ forum, the candidates for sheriff touted their experience in law enforcement.
    That candidates’ forum, sponsored by The Leader-Union, WPMB-WKRV Radio and the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, packed the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.
    In their opening statements, Republican candidates for county clerk Barb Schaal and Vicky Conder talked about how their work in other areas has prepared them for that county office.

  • Short on money

    If the Fayette County treasurer doesn’t get a check in the next couple of days, county employees won’t be getting their checks on Friday.
    Treasurer Rose Hoover told the Fayette County Board on Tuesday that as of Tuesday afternoon, the county didn’t have enough funds to make payroll.
    And that, board Chairman Steve Knebel said, means that paychecks won’t be issued.
    “Our attorney (State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison) told us that we won’t write checks,” Knebel said.

  • At the Top of Her Game

    June Squibb doesn’t remember any particular thing spurring her interest in an acting career. But she remembers clearly when she began acting.

  • School foundation is starting Distinguished Alumni Award

    The Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation is searching for nominees for its inaugural year of presenting annual Distinguished Alumni Awards.
    The inaugural winners will be awarded their plaques at the Alumni Banquet on Sept. 27, and a plaque will be placed in the high school.
    Criteria for candidates include:
    • Graduated from Vandalia High School.
    • Graduated at least 20 years prior to nomination.
    • Have made outstanding accomplishments in his or her profession.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 13
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located west of Vandalia Community High School.

  • Fayette County Chronicles, Volume 4, now out

    In late 1996, I was approached with an offer to submit articles with a historic bent for publication in The Leader-Union. Previously, I had contributed articles on historic houses for another local publication, The Fayette Times, which had folded.

  • In this week's issue: An interview with June Squibb

    In this Thursday's issue, we will have an interview with June Squibb, who was nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards for her performance in the Oscar-nominated movie, "Nebraska."

  • Two juveniles arrested for caboose damage

    9:30 a.m. Thursday

    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray reported this morning that the city police department had arrested two juveniles in connection with the recent vandalism to the Little Red Caboose in the city parking lot at Fifth and Johnson streets.

  • Council increases reward in caboose case

    Five days after the Vandalia Police Department offered a reward for help in finding out who damaged the Little Red Caboose, the city council more than doubled the reward amount.

  • City gets funds for Sunset work

    The city of Vandalia on Tuesday received state transportation funds to cover the costs of preliminary work on a project to upgrade Sunset Drive.
    The $150,000 in reallocated money was presented to Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman by state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon). It will be used for design and engineering work on the portion of Sunset Drive between Jefferson Street and Veterans Avenue.
    “This will get the project ‘shovel ready’ when other funding becomes available,” said Gottman.