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Today's News

  • Neighbors lend a hand in Bluff City cleanup

    The Good Samaritans began appearing shortly after the freight-train noise of last Tuesdays storm headed for the county line. And they didn't leave until the cleanup was complete.

    That very localized, but potent, storm roared through Vandalia, hit Bluff City with a vengeance and moved on to the east. In its wake, it left a path of downed trees and thankfully generally minor damage to houses.

  • Greathouse descendant shares history

    It has been 12 years now since my first contact with John D. Greathouse of Missoula, Mont.

    A nephew of Vandalias Civil War hero, Col. Lucien Greathouse, he had written looking for additional information on the family. Johns father was Isaac Ridgely Greathouse, son of John Stull Greathouse and his second wife, Catherine Waring, and Luciens younger half-brother.

    It is through John that I was able to share with you photographs of John Stull Greathouse and his son, Col. Lucien Greathouse, in full military dress, in last weeks column.

  • Watson gives chamber members a capitol update

    Four years ago, when area residents played a key role in staving off Gov. Rod Blagojevichs attempt to close Vandalia Correctional Center, their efforts were in the forefront as legislators worked to prevent something like this happening in the future.

    Now, legislators are looking at Orgills plan to close its Vandalia facility as they consider ways to make Illinois more competitive in the arena of economic development.

  • County board appoints Ruot circuit clerk

    The Fayette County Board voted 9-4 on Tuesday to appoint Mary Sue Ruot to the circuit clerk position, but not before some discussion about politics being involved in the appointment.

    Doing most of the talking was board Chairman Steve Knebel, who said he was prepared to appoint Ruot to the post, despite opposition from Republicans.

    At issue was whether it was fair to appoint Ruot to the post vacated by the retirement of Marsha Wodtka, because Ruot is a candidate for circuit clerk in the November general election. She is being opposed by Republican Nona Nonie Beckman.

  • Friedel objects to new Goggin petition; electoral board meeting Wednesday

    The Fayette County Electoral Board is being asked for the second time in about four months to determine whether Greenville attorney Dan Goggin can run as a Republican candidate for states attorney in November.

    The board was scheduled to covene on Wednesday, five days after the incumbent states attorney, Democrat Stephen Friedel, filed an objection to nomination documents filed on Aug. 1 by the Fayette County Republican Central Committee on Goggins behalf.

  • Former Fayette County state's attorney dies Sunday

    Rod Irvin, who served as Fayette County's state's attorney from 1992-96, died early Sunday morning at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo. He was 43.

    Obituary information for Mr. Irvin appears in the Obituary section of www.leaderunion.com.

  • Friedel files objection to Goggin's petition

    A week after Dan Goggin filed documents trying to get back on the ballot as a Republican candidate for state's attorney in Fayette County, Democrat incumbent Stephen Friedel filed an objection to those documents.

    Friedel filed on Friday an objection to the Greenville attorney's nomination papers, arguing that Goggin could not fill a vacancy on the ballot because there wasn't a legal vacancy to be filled.

  • Tools for School distribution begins Monday

    This year's Tools for School distribution runs from Monday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 16, at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.

    The distribution hours are: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday; and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday.

    Children must be present to select their supplies. They may be accompanied by a parent, grandparent, guardian, babysitter or other adult.

    Those picking up supplies need to enter through the north door of the church.

  • Six indicted on federal meth charges

    Six area individuals were indicted on methamphetamine charges in federal court on Thursday.

    A. Courtney Cox, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois said that the following individuals had been indicted on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine:

    Thomas E. Wilkerson, 46, Shobonier

    David M. Fickes, 39, Effingham

    David M. Murray, 55, Ramsey

    Donald R. Schultz, 52, Vandalia

    Billy D. York, 49, Vandalia

    Wesley D. Conner, 44, Vandalia

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, August 7

    eoe" The Vandalia Main Street Program's Concerts in the Park series in Main Street's Lincoln Park on Gallatin Street continues with a performance by "Thunder Road," featuring Ed Taylor. The free concert runs from 7-8 p.m.

    eoe" The Fayette County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1221 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia.