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Today's News

  • County board OKs loan to FCHD after seeing plans for new home

    The work on renovating the new home of the Fayette County Health Department will get under way in the near future.

    The architect’s drawings for the new FCHD home, the former site of Leo Brown Lumber in the 400 block of West Edwards Street in Vandalia, were presented to the Fayette County Board last week.

  • Jaedyn Worker wins Jr. Miss title

    Jaedyn Worker of Vandalia was crowned the 2010 Junior Miss Fayette County during a pageant on Tuesday night.

    Elizabeth Miller was first runner-up, and Breklyn Mitchell was named second runner-up. The People's Choice winner was Elizabeth Biggs, Abigail Cunningham won Miss Congeniality, and Miller was named Miss Photogenic.

  • Post 95 ousted from district tourney after controversial week

    Regardless of the outcome of Post 95's run in the district tournament, there was an indication that this year's postseason madness would leave a bad taste in the mouth of Vandalia fans.

    At the completion of the regular season, Post 95 thought it had a record of 7-3, with the most wins in the district, but would place second, as T-Town posted a higher winning percentage with a record of 6-2, and Salem would place third at 6-3.

  • The story of Illinois' first governor

    The first governor of Illinois, Shadrach Bond, is an interesting fellow. He was inaugurated on Oct. 6, 1818, before the state was admitted to the Union.

    When the capitol moved from Kaskaskia to Vandalia, so did Shadrach Bond. His wife, Achsah, a strong pro-slavery advocate, did not come with him, but remained on their farm in Monroe County with their slaves.

  • Smoking ban enforcement will be a challenge

    Communities throughout Illinois have struggled with how to enforce a law that has banned smoking in public places since Jan. 1, 2008. Those include Springfield, which put into place a local law two years before that.

    Now, Vandalia joins Springfield as those seeking to crack down on violators.

    Springfield’s ordinance violation has prohibited smoking in public places since 2006. And, based on an editorial in the April 14 issue of The State-Journal Register, city officials are still fighting with the issue.

  • City lays out plan to enforce smoking ban

    Saying that they understand how enforcement of the state smoking ban can impact their businesses, city officials told liquor license holders that they have no choice but to enforce that law.

    About 30 people, including bar owners and representatives of private clubs, attended a Monday afternoon meeting during which Mayor Rick Gottman and Police Chief Larry Eason explained that the city would begin enforcing a new city law on Aug. 1.

    Gottman said he called the license holders together for a meeting because, “I wanted everyone to hear the same message.”

  • Vandalia will host two events on Saturday

    Vandalia will host two special activities this Saturday.

    The Vandalia Lions Club is again joining with Vandalia Classic Cars and Trucks to hold the July-Fest and Car Show, and Vandalia Main Street is holding its inaugural SummerFest.

    The July-Fest and Car Show will be held at Vandalia Classic Cars and Trucks, located at 703 Janett Ave., across from Chuckwagon Restaurant. The event runs throughout the day, with registration for the car show running from 9 a.m.-noon.

  • Lurkins turns love of showing cattle into a career

    Darrin Lurkins is showing his family’s Polled Hereford cattle at the Fayette County Fair.  He seemed especially proud of “Eclipse,” a heifer that was born in September.

    Raising Hereford cattle is the Lurkins family’s business.

    “We raise seed stock, and sell bulls and heifers to 4-H kids, and try to help people out as much as we can,” he said.

    Lurkins, a 4-H Club “veteran,” is an avid supporter of the organization.

  • Pippin, Summers win Fayette County crowns

    Amy Pippin of St. Elmo was crowned the 2010 Miss Fayette County Fair at the annual pageant on Monday at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Marissa Summers won the Little Miss Fayette County crown at Monday's pageant.

    More on the pageants, and more photos, will appear in this week's issue of The Leader-Union and on this website.

  • Senior Legion sweeps Effingham, heading into districts

    After a doubleheader at Effingham was canceled last Wednesday, the twin bill was moved to Tuesday at Vandalia, in what would be an important night for the Post 95 Senior Legion team as it heads into the district tournament this weekend.

    With a sweep of Effingham, Vandalia could find itself as the No. 1 seed going into the tournament.

    Vandalia was able to hold up its end of the bargain, downing Effingham twice behind solid pitching from Caleb Randle, Kyle Hawkins and Andy Hosick.