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Today's News

  • November vote on Enhanced 911 expected

    Fayette County residents are likely to vote in November on the addition of Enhanced 911 emergency phone service for the county.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said at Tuesdays county board meeting that he plans to have the issue on the general election ballot.

    With Enhanced 911 service, county residents provide information about their property, including the presence of hazardous materials, and their family, including particular health issues of family members.

  • Fayette County Relay for Life walking toward 2008 goal

    Though this years Fayette County Relay For Life hasnt yet reached its aggressive goal, co-chair Anita Gottman said she is pretty happy about our progress.

    By midnight Saturday, about halfway through the 12-hour overnight event, she said the effort had raised $56,671 and money is still being turned in, she said Monday. This years goal was $70,000.

    Hopefully, were in reach of our goal, said Gottman, who teamed with co-chair Vickie Miller to organize this years relay.

    Gottman noted that teams are still turning in their pledges and donations.

  • Marsha Wodtka retiring

    Marsha Wodtka has served as Fayette Countys circuit clerk for close to three decades. Now that shes reaching retirement age, shes ready to turn the reins over to someone else and enjoy time with her family.

    Wodtka, who is completing her seventh four-year term as circuit clerk, submitted her resignation to the Fayette County Board on Tuesday night. Her retirement is effective at the end of July.

  • Schools' state money is expected soon

    Though Gov. Rod Blagojevich said three weeks ago that he would release funds to complete the states last two school aid payments of this fiscal year, local school districts have yet to seen any of that funding.

    However, a development Wednesday morning may indicate that funding is on the way.

    The money hasnt been released yet, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told The Leader-Union, but weve been notified that it has been vouchered.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 12

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Friday, June 13

    eoe" The 40th annual Grande Leve gets under way at the Vandalia Statehouse. A complete schedule of the period celebration appears on page 14 of this issue.

  • Grande Levee is this weekend

    The 40th anniversary of the Grande Levee will be celebrated this weekend at the Vandalia Statehouse. A schedule of this weekend's period celebration is included with this article.

  • Wodtka to retire from circuit clerk's post

    The Fayette County Board is scheduled to receive the resignation of the county's longtime circuit clerk at its regular meeting this Tuesday.

    According to the agenda prepared by County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, the board will be asked to approve the resignation of Marsha Wodtka.

    In her letter to Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, Wodtka said, "I feel this is a good time to retire, so I can devote more time and energy to my family."

  • "Vandalia In Bloom" nominees listed; voting deadline is Monday

    The following homes have been nominated in the City of Vandalias Vandalia In Bloom promotion. The contest is designed to recognize area citizens hard work on the landscaping around their home.

    Six winners will be selected by a panel of judges. However, the public will be allowed to vote in a Peoples Choice category. To vote, see the ad on page 14 of the June 5 issue of The Leader-Union. Deadline for voting is Monday, June 9, at 8:30 a.m.

    For more information, call JoAnn Givens at the Vandalia City Hall, 283-1152.

    Dee DePew

    Bluff City

  • Taking a look back at the top prep sports stories of the past school year

    When looking back on the 2007-08 school year, I will remember three things:

    Lot's of long road trips. Even longer hours in the office.

    And that - in the end - it was all worthwhile.

    Just one glance at the images above and the list of the top 10 sports stories from the 2007-08 school year convinced me of that.

    A vast majority of the most memorable stories from this past prep sports season were marked by two ingredients that makes sports so enjoyable to me: the element of surprise, and the joy that comes along with exceeding expectations.

  • Merchants must save parking for customers

    Sometimes, you wonder why a municipality keeps a law on the books that it doesnt enforce. Vandalia Alderman Jerry Swarm does, too.

    At Mondays meeting of the Vandalia City Council, Swarm said it bothers him that some downtown merchants use parking spaces that would be better used by their customers. It upsets him so much that he asked to get rid of the ordinance that limits parking along Gallatin Street downtown to two hours.