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Today's News

  • Signup for Lighthouse 5K, walk now under way

    A 5K/Walk-4-Life will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Deken Park in St. Elmo as a fundraising event for Lighthouse Pregnancy & Health Services, 1703 W. Fletcher St., Vandalia.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and a pre-event rally featuring Luke Hohlt, South Central Illinois Director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at 8:30 a.m.
    The 5K run starts at 9 a.m., and the two-mile walk begins at 9:05 a.m.

  • We Apologize

    In the September 28 issue of The Leader-Union, it was incorrectly stated that Thomas J. McCall had been manufacturing methamphetamine; he was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of meth with the intent to deliver, unlawful use of property “to help bring a violation of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act”; and unlawful possession of cannabis.
    We apologize for the error.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Anthony D. Bolyard, 28, 420 E. 1390 St., Vandalia, was arrested on Oct. 10 on a charge of domestic battery. No bond information was listed.
    • Rojelio A. Garcia, 31, Winton, Calif., was arrested on Oct. 10 on a charge of delivery of cannabis, 10-30 grams. Bond was $100,000.
    • Brent T. Weischedel, 26, 525 E. 3200 Ave., Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 10 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.
    • Darrell W. Gann, 38, 125 E. Third St., Ramsey, was arrested on Oct. 9 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $1,500.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 12

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department is holding flu clinics from 10 a.m.-noon at the American Legion Community Center in Farina and from 1:15-3:15 p.m. at St. Peter Village Hall.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.
    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 will meet at Legion Home in Vandalia, with the executive board meeting at 5:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6 p.m.

  • No new CRP offers for now

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program, and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.
    “All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through Sept. 30, 2017 – except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative (CP42) – will be approved,” Steven J. Peterson, acting Farm Service Agency administrator, said.

  • Haunted house opens Friday

    This year’s edition of the haunted house provided by the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff makes its debut this weekend.

  • California man jailed for heroin

    A California man is in Fayette County Jail on $100,000 bond after being arrested on Sunday for possession of heroin.

  • A surplus county budget

    The Fayette County Board voted to open for public viewing a proposed budget that has a small surplus in the general fund at the end of the next fiscal year.
    That surplus is being made possible because of a decision involving past loans to the general fund from the capital improvements fund.
    Cat Lange of Bellwether, an operations consultant hired by the county board in July, told board members on Tuesday that in past year’s, the county has “tried to run a tightly-balanced budget” or one with a substantial deficit.

  • VFTC raises $4,810 for Fayette County Cancer Fund
  • Sports Roundup

    The Vandals soccer team lost to Staunton, 7-0, on Senior Night last Thursday at Miller Field in Vandalia. Daniel Durbin-Flack had nine saves in goal for the Vandals.
    The Vandals lost to Greenville, 7-0, last Wednesday at Greenville. Durbin-Flack had 13 saves for Vandalia.

    Jadie Keck had nine points and Sydney Miller eight as the eighth-grade Lady Vandals defeated Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick last Tuesday, 28-26.
    Vandalia – Abby Durbin 3; Sydney Miller 8; Olivia Dunn 1; Lexi Wehrle 3; Jadie Keck 9; Riely Ward 2; Madison Ferguson 2.