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  • Bright to stand trial on murder charges

    After hearing the testimony of an Illinois State Police investigator, a judge ruled that a Mulberry Grove man arrested last month on murder charges should stand trial.

  • Garrison hired for Vandalia superintendent post

    At a special meeting on Wednesday night, the Vandalia Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Dr. Jennifer Garrison as the district's superintendent of schools.
    Garrison, a 1995 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, is currently serving as the superintendent of the Sandoval School District.
    She succeeds Rich Well, who resigned from the post a couple of months ago.
    Nick Casey, who is the director of the Okaw Area Vocational Center, is serving as the district's interim superintendent.

  • Garrison hired for Vandalia superintendent post

    At a special meeting on Wednesday night, the Vandalia Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Dr. Jennifer Garrison as the district's superintendent of schools.
    Garrison, a 1995 graduate Vandalia Community High School, is currently serving as the superintendent of the Sandoval School District

  • Garrison hired as Vandalia superintendent

    At a special meeting on Wednesday night, the Vandalia Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Dr. Jennifer Garrison as the district's next superintendent of schools.

    Garrison, a 1995 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, has served as the superintendent of the Sandoval School District since 2009.

    She was a second- and third-grade teacher in Highland from 2000-06, and then served as the principal of Ramsey Grade School from 2006-09.

  • Garrison hired as Vandalia superintendent

    At a special meeting on Wednesday night, the Vandalia Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Dr. Jennifer Garrison as the district's next superintendent of schools.
    Garrison, a 1995 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, is currently serving as the superintendent of the Sandoval School District.
    For more on Garrison's hiring, see next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Can corn prices get above the current range?

    March corn futures prices continue to hover in a range between $3.48 and $3.60 since the release of the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.
    The March corn futures price closed at $3.52 on Jan.19.  According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, despite the overall bearish information contained in the USDA reports on Jan.12, corn prices continue to stay in relatively narrow range, and that pattern may remain for the next several weeks.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Stevie L. Tallman, 36, 637 E. 1800 Ave., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 5 for failure to appear in court and for an alleged probation violation. Bond was $6,000.
    • Donald E. Haslett, 40, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on Feb. 5 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Tyrone H. Holman, 45, East St. Louis, was arrested on Feb. 5 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $75 cash.
    • Jolana A. Ribble, 39, 415 E. Cumberland Road, was arrested on Feb. 5 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000.

  • Early voting for March primary is put on hold

    Early voting will be not be allowed as of this Thursday, Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder said on Wednesday.
    Conder said that early voting has been postponed due to an appeal filed by Scott Drury, a Democratic candidate for Illinois attorney general.
    Conder said her office will inform the public through the local media once the appeal is acted on.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 8

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meets at 6 p.m. at the Legion Home.

    Friday, February 9

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.

  • Birthdays of Lincoln, National Road center celebrated Saturday

    Two history-related birthdays will be celebrated in Vandalia this Saturday.
    From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the National Road Association of Illinois Interpretive Center, located at 106 S. Fifth St., will celebrate its 10th birthday.
    The birthday celebration is an opportunity for area residents to visit the center and learn about the history of the National Road. Vandalia is the terminus of the road, with refreshments available.
    At 1 p.m., the Vandalia Historical Society will host the annual Lincoln’s Birthday celebration at the Statehouse.