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  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Bobby Joe Carroll.
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Prudence is the necessary ingredient in all the virtues, that without which they denegrate into folly and excess.

  • Readers' photos of storm damage in the county
  • Sentence of 11 1/2 years in sexual assault case

    A Farina man last Friday agreed to a prison term of 11½ years upon pleading guilty to a count of predatory criminal sexual assault.

  • Saturday lake meeting is only 'informational

    The city of Vandalia has invited homeowners of the lake area to a meeting on Saturday morning to discuss its options with leased lots on the south side of the lake.
    That 10 a.m. meeting at city hall, Mayor Rick Gottman said, “is for informational purposes only, to get the input of the people at the lake.
    “I’ve had people approach me and ask if there’s any way that they could annex into the city,” Gottman said.
    “Also, there are people come to me wanting to know what it would take to buy their (land),” the mayor said.

  • Results of Recycling Survey

    • 329 responses – 63 on paper, 392 online.
    #1 – Do you use the recycling drop-off centers in Vandalia – Yes, 246; No, 146.
    #2 – Select which recycling center(s) you use – traditional, 235; electronic, 139; neither, 133.
    #3 – Are you a Vandalia water customer? Yes, 307; No, 83.
    #4 – Are you willing to pay $1.25 per month to continue these services? Yes, 168; No, 140; Not applicable, 80.
    #5 – Analysis removing “Not Applicable” – Yes, 168 (54.55%); No, 140 (45.45%).

  • Survey says: 54.5% favor surcharge

    Now that they have the results of a recycling survey in their hands, Vandalia aldermen will likely have two weeks to study them before acting on the proposal for a recycling surcharge.
    The results of that 11-day survey, presented by Kim Taylor, executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, show that 392 people voted either online or on paper.
    Of those voting, 307 are city water customers, and of those, 54.55 percent support a surcharge to city water bills to support the recycling programs offered by FAYCO and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Sunday storm hits area hard

    Standing outside her destroyed home just eight hours after firefighters rescued her from it, Patti West said, “We’re lucky.”

  • Some county precincts are being combined

    Fayette County has combined election precincts, as approved at the May 9 meeting of the Fayette County Board. The board unanimously voted to consolidate six of the voting precincts, with the decision resulting in a cost savings for the taxpayers of Fayette County.
    The precincts of Avena 1 and 2, Otego 1 and 2 and Ramsey 1 and 2 shall be referred to as Avena 1, Otego 1 and Ramsey 1.
    This will not negatively affect the services or representation of the citizens of these precincts.
    All polling locations and voting districts will remain the same.

  • Class X felony charged in DUI case

    A Missouri man who was initially taken into custody on multiple charges after allegedly driving a vehicle that hit a road sign now faces a Class X felony charge.
    Vandalia Police responded last Thursday to a report of a hit-and-run accident at the off-ramp of Interstate 70 at the 61-mile exit. Vandalia Police reported that a motorist had struck a sign on the off-ramp and then continued driving.

  • Tools for School under way

    Once again, the Tools for School program, which provides free school supplies to Fayette County students who need help, is under way.
    Step one is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicated their students need. Any groups wishing to donate can contact First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia (283-0937) to see what is needed.