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Today's News

  • County delays action on Wodtka's replacement

    The Fayette County Board decided on Thursday to delay a decision on who will run the county's circuit clerk's office when Marsha Wodtka retires at the end of this month.

    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that a vote on the issue has been delayed to give the Fayette County Republican Central Committee more time to submit its recommendation on a temporary circuit clerk. He said that the Democrat Central Committee has submitted its recommendation.

  • Enhanced 911 on November ballot

    Fayette County residents will vote in November on the implementation of Enhanced 911 service.

    The Fayette County Board voted unanimously on Thursday to put the E911 issue on the general election ballot.

    County resident will vote on a $2.75 monthly surcharge per phone network connection.

    For more, see this Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Amy Fulk is new Miss Fayette County Fair

    Amy Fulk of St. Elmo reacts upon being named the 2008 Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Monday night at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

  • Freight get 2nd at Altamont Tournament

    Rich Well's walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth completed the Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight softball team's battle back through the loser's bracket in the Altamont Tournament, vaulting the Freight into the championship game Sunday with a thrilling 4-3 win over the Cerro Gordo Broncos.

    But the Freight ran out of gas against the same team in the winner-take-all title tilt, settling for second place after a 7-0 loss in the double-elimination tournament, which resumed Saturday after wet weather postponed action the previous weekend.

  • VanUytven to play volleyball at Kankakee College

    Apparently, there is at least one advantage to having four different head coaches in four years - networking opportunities.

    After enduring a coaching carousel and playing in relative obscurity at Ramsey High School during her prep career, Laura VanUytven's dream of playing college volleyball seemed to be on life support, as she remained unsigned well into her final semester at RHS.

  • Crandell signs with Kaskaskia College

    For about as long as she could remember, Brittany Crandell's right arm was the source of countless positive things.

    Past success, to the tune of 65 victories during her first three varsity years at Mulberry Grove.

    The possibility for even more success as a senior, considering the Lady Aces were bringing everyone back from a 22-7 team.

    And seemingly unlimited possibilities in the future, with a number of colleges showing interest in bringing Crandell aboard.

    But that all changed in an instant during the Lady Aces' 2008 season-opener against South Central.

  • Shroyer and Bowling to wrestle for RLC

    Matt Shroyer and Adam Bowling spent their high school careers adding to Vandalia's well-established wrestling tradition.

    Now, two of VCHS wrestling's all-time best will look to help Rend Lake College build a tradition of its own.

    Shroyer and Bowling recently signed letters of intent to continue their grappling careers for RLC coach Kevin Tate's young program, which will begin its third season of competition this October.

    And in signing on the dotted line, the recent VCHS grads made a little history in the process.

  • County needs Enhanced 911

    The Fayette County Board is expected to vote this week on putting an Enhanced 911 referendum on Novembers general election. Were advocating for that board action, and also for the support of E911 at the general election.

    On the agenda for the boards regular meeting this Thursday night is a proposed ordinance that would put the measure before the voters, with the recommended monthly E911 surcharge set at $2.75.

  • Paper preserves Pennington story

    Back in 1914, the editor of The Vandalia Union newspaper asked the old settlers to write down what they remembered about the county 50 years before. There were 20 or more replies, and they were published in the newspaper, beginning on April 9, 1914.

    Maranda Pennington was one of the first to respond, and her personal story of the days of 1865 is very interesting.

    She wrote, Editors and readers of the Union I do not remember any certain incidents that transpired in the year 1864, but well do I remember my experiences during 1865.

  • Brady Howard keeps overcoming obstacles

    B is for braveand for Brady Howard, who is back home in rural Brownstown after months of hospitalization in St. Louis.

    Complications following surgery resulted in a stroke, and Brady slipped into a coma, with paralysis to the right side. There were weeks of discouraging reports and a prognosis by the doctors that Brady would probably never walk again.

    However, Bradys family said that when Brady left the hospital, he would be walking out. And he did!