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Today's News

  • Candidates' forum is Tuesday; coverage on www.leaderunion.com

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold a Candidates' Forum for county officer candidates at 7 p.m. this Tuesday at Los Amigos Restaurant on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

    Coverage of the forum will appear this week on The Leader-Union Web site, www.leaderunion.com.

  • Bi-Phy-Chem takes donations

    The Bi-Phy-Chem, a club whose members are interested in both the environment and community service, will be accepting donations as it participates in a fundraiser to help hurricane victims in Galveston, Texas.

    Members of the club will be out during trick-or-treat hours in Vandalia, 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, accepting donations for Operation H.E.A.R.T. The goal is $600.

    Individuals interested in making donations may contact the Bi-Phy-Chem adviser, Amber Redman, at aredman@fayette.k12.il.us.

    The fundraiser is continuing through Friday, Nov. 7.

  • Auditor says school district doing good job of handling expenses

    For the second year in a row, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday received a positive report from the accounting firm that conducts the district’s financial audit.

    Joe Barth, representing Luallen, Cearlock and Barth Certified Public Accountants, told the board that “the school district is doing a good job in budgeting. Not one account was over in expenses; you have a good handle on your costs.”

  • Help fight crime by calling in tips

    With about 720 square miles to cover, it’s no surprise that Fayette County law enforcement officials have welcomed the idea of resurrecting an organization through which citizens can help solve crimes.

    The launch of CrimeWatchers was announced earlier this month by Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason. His office, in conjunction with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments in all county communities, are joining together to operate the program.

  • Company has 1968 aerial photos of area

    Ed Miller of State Aerial Farm Statistics Inc., telephoned the other day to tell me he was in the area. Ed and I have played phone tag during the past year, because he has something that I, as a historian, am interested in.

    Back in 1968, when I was a high school junior, this firm took photographs of Fayette County’s farms and towns. Once this was done, salespeople visited the farms and businesses to see if the owner would like to purchase the image painted on canvas.

  • City to bid two downtown projects separately

    Going against a recommendation from its consulting engineers, Vandalia officials decided on Monday to keep two aspects of a downtown improvement project separate in the bidding process.

    Lorne Jackson of HMG Engineers of Carlyle told the city council that while the firm initially recommended taking separate bids for streetscape and infrastructure improvements, it had recently changed its mind.

    HMG was endorsing that change of course due to the fact that the city had decided to downsize the improvements to water and sewer lines from about $2 million to about $100,000.

  • Vandalia council passes ordinance on right of way parking

    AN ORDINANCE CONTROLLING PARKING ON CITY OF VANDALIA RIGHT OF WAY

    BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VANDALIA, ILLINOIS:

  • Early voting numbers high

    In less than two weeks, Fayette County residents will be going to the polls to vote in local, state and national elections. A lot of residents, however, have already performed their civic duty.

    “They’ve been coming in in bunches,” Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun said about residents taking advantage of the state’s early voting option.

    Unlike absentee voting, those casting early ballots are not required to give a reason.

  • Lady Cougars win first MTC Tournament since 2004

    The South Central volleyball team is hoping history is about to repeat itself after wrapping up a stellar regular season with a 26-24, 14-25, 16-14 win over North Clay Saturday in the championship of the Midland Trail Conference Tournament.

    The victory gave the Lady Cougars (29-2) both the MTC regular-season and conference-tournament titles for the first time since 2004.

    That was the same year South Central went on to a program-record 34 wins and a sectional championship.

  • Lady Eagles place 2nd at NTC Tournament

    The St. Elmo volleyball team will be looking to claim its first regional title since 2003 next week on its home court.

    And the Lady Eagles can enter postseason play with some added confidence, knowing it did something Saturday that even that 2003 team - considered the best in school history - failed to do.