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Today's News

  • Goggin withdraws, maintains claims against Friedel

    Even though he believes that he had enough valid signatures to run as an independent candidate, Greenville attorney Dan Goggin has withdrawn his plans to run for states attorney in Fayette County this November.

    Goggin pulled out of the race early Monday morning, several hours before a Fayette County electoral board was to act on an objection to Goggins nominating papers as an independent candidate.

  • Miley Worker is new Little Miss Fayette County

    Miley Worker is the new Little Miss Fayette County Fair. Miley (front, second from left) also won the People's Choice Award. Also shown in front are first runner-up Aurora Richardson, second runner-up Elizabeth Austin and retiring Little Miss Emily Norris. In back is 2007 Miss Fayette County Fair Shayla Branham.

  • Amy Fulk crowned Miss Fayette County

    Amy Fulk of St. Elmo was crowned the 2008 Miss Fayette County Fair on Monday night. Fulk (seated) also won the People's Choice Award. Also shown are the retiring queen, Shayla Branham (far left); first runner-up, Samantha Morrison (second from left); and second runner-Up, Jaclyn Michel (second from right). Michel also won the Most Photogenic and Miss Congeniality awards.

  • County board will vote on E911 referendum

    The Fayette County Board is scheduled to vote Thursday night on putting an Enhanced 911 referendum on the November ballot.

    The Enhanced 911 committee formed by board Chairman Steve Knebel late last year is asking that the county board put the issue on the ballot.

    That committee has recommendation a monthly phone bill surcharge of $2.75 per line.

    A report on the Thursday meeting will be given on our Web site and in next week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • UPDATE at 11 a.m. on Monday-Goggin withdraws

    Greenville Attorney Dan Goggin, who planned to run as an independent candidate for Fayette County state's attorney, has decided to drop out of the election.

    Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun announced late Monday morning that Goggin had filed a request to withdraw as a candidate earlier that morning.

    Because of his withdrawal, an electoral board hearing slated for Monday afternoon was canceled.

  • Frakes wins Junior Miss crown

    Sarah Frakes won the Junior Miss Fayette County title in a pageant held on Sunday at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown.

    The new junior miss (seated) is shown here with the first runner-up, Kayla Black (right) and second runner-up, Shelbee Dunaway (left). Also shown are the 2007 queens, Junior Miss Katlyn Cole (second from left), Miss Fayette County Shayla Branham (far right) and Little Miss Emily Norris (second from right). Kelly Swofford was named Miss Photogenic.

  • Free fishing and crawdad tournament coming up

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing and Conservation Club will be hosting its annual Free Fishing and Crawdad Tournament on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m.-noon next to the walking trail at Vandalia City Park, located west from the high school on the south side of Fillmore Street.

    There will be a weiner roast afterwards. For more information, call John Blythe at 283-2475.

  • Post 95 roughs up Trenton

    After watching his team split a doubleheader with Olney Sunday, Vandalia Senior American Legion baseball coach Steve Hosick reiterated his belief that Post 95 has a very good team this summer.

    "When we've got everybody here, I think we can play with anybody," Hosick said. "But it's hard to say you've got a good ballclub when you've lost twice as many as you've won."

  • Barnes is L-U Spring Coach of the Year

    Faith is defined by Webster's Dictionary as something that is believed especially with strong conviction.

    It is a word that has become synonymous with Mulberry Grove softball coach John Barnes' teams in recent years.

    And the Lady Aces' 2008 campaign is a perfect example of faith rewarded.

    Mulberry Grove entered the season positioned for unprecedented success, with everyone back from a 22-7 team, including ace hurler Brittany Crandell and her 65 career victories.

    But then the plane seemingly crashed into the mountain.

  • Brewer is L-U Softball Player of the Year

    It seemed the softball gods were playing a cruel joke on Mulberry Grove's Rachel Brewer.

    Long known for terrorizing opposing pitchers, the hard-hitting Brewer suddenly felt her adversaries' pain shortly after ace Brittany Crandell suffered a torn rotator cuff in the Lady Aces' season-opener this past spring.