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Local News

  • Primary election filing under way

    As the filing of petitions got under way, contests for posts in Fayette County in next year’s general election began taking shape.
    Those filing petitions on Monday include two candidates for the office of circuit clerk, incumbent Republican Kathy Emerick and Democrat Ashley Towler.

  • Country Music Performer

    Local fans of a country music star watching that artist’s latest video may recognize a familiar face a number of times in that video.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Nov. 19

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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.

  • Pool Work Continues
  • VCHS starting 1 to 1 next semester

    With teachers at Vandalia Community High School completing training on the use of Chromebooks in their classroom, the local district will begin working with students on those laptops in the next semester.
    Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well reported on Tuesday the status of the district’s use of Chromebooks in its new 1 to 1 program.
    The district’s plan calls for students in all grades at VCHS to be using Chromebooks in the classroom and, eventually, to take the program into lower grades in the district.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas
  • 6-5 vote

    The Fayette County Board last Tuesday approved a new tax levy that gives the county an additional $36,000 in the coming fiscal year, but only by the narrowest of margins.
    The board approved the $2.215-million tax levy in a 6-5 vote, with board members John Daniels Jr., Troy Pattillo, Darrell Schaal, Dean Bernhardt, Joe Kelly and Glen Gurtner voting for it, and Wade Wilhour, Glen “Whitey” Daniels, Chairman Jeff Beckman, Jake Harris and Jean Finley casting dissenting votes. Keith Cole, John Blythe and Chad Austin were not present.

  • County tables 'low-speed vehicles' law

    The Fayette County Board was scheduled to vote last Tuesday on an ordinance allowing the “operation of low-speed vehicles” on rural roads in the county, but action on that issue was quickly tabled.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney told The Leader-Union that some time ago, he was approached about such an ordinance, and that the proposed law was drafted after it was suggested by county board member Jake Harris.

  • Redman gives Veterans Day address

    Blaine Redman told a packed house at Northside Christian Church last Wednesday that many people view Veterans Day in different ways.

  • Soroptimist Cookie Walk