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  • Candidates Forum is Thursday at 6 p.m.

    A candidates’ forum featuring Fayette County’s sheriff and county clerk candidates will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27.
    The forum, to be held at 6 p.m. in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School, will feature the four candidates for sheriff and the three candidates for county clerk.
    Sponsored by The Leader-Union, WPMB/WKRV and the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, the event will include statements from the candidates about their qualifications as well as questions posed by forum moderator Todd Stapleton.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 20

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. at the American Legion Home in St. Peter.
    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, February 22

  • HCE team gets early start on Relay for Life

    This year’s Relay for Life event will be held June 7 at Rogier Park in Vandalia. The fundraiser to fight cancer largely consists of teams made up of concerned and caring individuals, many of whom are inspired to join a team because their lives have been touched by cancer.   

  • Murder for hire trial postponed

    The trial for a Farina man accused of attempting to hire someone to kill his wife has been postponed for two months.
    At the conclusion of a hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court last Wednesday, Judge Douglas Jarman agreed to delay the trial for Mark G. Fulk until April 28.
    The trial for Fulk, who was charged last April with solicitation of murder for hire, was originally set to begin next Monday.

  • County hears salary cut proposal; sheriff candidate voices opposition

    The chairman of the Fayette County Board last Thursday broached the idea of lowering the salaries of individuals elected to county offices for the first time.
    Among those questioning such a proposal was one of this year’s candidates for sheriff.
    Chairman Steve Knebel told board members he would like them to think about cutting by percentage the salaries paid to newly elected officials. This year, that would include those elected sheriff and county clerk.

  • Skydiver lawsuit settled

    After a brief closed session, the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners voted to approve a settlement in a federal lawsuit related to a fatal skydiving accident.
    Prior to the vote, board President Chad Feldpouch explained that the district had negotiated a settlement of $50,000 in that suit.
    He also said that to this point, the district had spent $28,000-$30,000 in legal fees for the suit.

  • City OKs pact for third water source

    After discussing the possibility with two local men for several years, the Vandalia City Council approved on Tuesday an agreement with those partners for a third water source for the city.
    In a 7-1 vote, the council OK’d a one-year agreement with Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. through which Walt Barenfanger and Jeff Beckman will provide the city with water from an underground acquifer.
    The agreement calls for the partners to give the city up to 150,000 gallons a day, at a rate of at least 100 gallons per minute, from two wells drilled in the Thrill Hill area.

  • Meadows elected VVFD chief

    Keith Meadows was elected chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department at the department’s annual meeting last Wednesday.

  • School district to seek security grant

    The Vandalia Community School District will be applying for $38,000 in federal grant funds to upgrade security in several of the district’s buildings.
    Superintendent Rich Well told the Vandalia Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Tuesday that – if awarded – the grant monies would be used to upgrade entry door security and add flashing red lights to the exterior of the building to notify teachers and students of an emergency, even if they’re not within earshot of a public address announcement.

  • Burns Added to Memorial Wall

    A photo of Vandalia native Evan Burns has been added to the memorial wall for law enforcement officers in the lobby of the Fayette County Courthouse.

    Burns was killed in the line of duty while working as an officer in Caruthersville, Mo.