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Today's News

  • Sr. Legion has plenty of pitching and catching depth

    Pitchers and catchers are to summer-league baseball what oil is to the world market at the moment.

    Scarce and in demand.

    That said, Post 95 Senior American Legion baseball coach Steve Hosick has to feel like a Saudi Arabian prince right now, as his roster features an unprecedented reserve of pitchers and catchers.

    "We have at least eight pretty salty pitchers right now," said Hosick as he scanned his roster last Thursday. "And we've got at least three guys who can catch for us."

    Potential battery combinations will, indeed, be numerous for the Cardinals.

  • Take in this year's Grande Leve

    During the period that Vandalia served as Illinois capital, Abraham Lincoln and others who walked these streets couldnt just buy a quilt or a basket. They had to make them.

    The people of Vandalia, back in the 1830s, didnt have a radio or television for entertainment. They had only bands that performed the popular music of that period.

    Illinois earliest residents didnt have restaurants that served fast food or family meals. They had to cook their meals over a fire.

  • Fayette County woman ran for president

    So, you think Hillary Clinton was the first woman to run for president? Think again.

    Her name was Victoria Woodhull, and in the year 1872 she was chosen by the Equal Rights Party to run as its candidate for president. She couldnt vote, but she could run for office.

    Born in Homer, Ohio, on Sept. 23, 1838, Victoria California Claflin was married at age 15 to Canning Woodhull. It was her marriage that brought her to Fayette County.

  • November vote on Enhanced 911 expected

    Fayette County residents are likely to vote in November on the addition of Enhanced 911 emergency phone service for the county.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel said at Tuesdays county board meeting that he plans to have the issue on the general election ballot.

    With Enhanced 911 service, county residents provide information about their property, including the presence of hazardous materials, and their family, including particular health issues of family members.

  • Fayette County Relay for Life walking toward 2008 goal

    Though this years Fayette County Relay For Life hasnt yet reached its aggressive goal, co-chair Anita Gottman said she is pretty happy about our progress.

    By midnight Saturday, about halfway through the 12-hour overnight event, she said the effort had raised $56,671 and money is still being turned in, she said Monday. This years goal was $70,000.

    Hopefully, were in reach of our goal, said Gottman, who teamed with co-chair Vickie Miller to organize this years relay.

    Gottman noted that teams are still turning in their pledges and donations.

  • Marsha Wodtka retiring

    Marsha Wodtka has served as Fayette Countys circuit clerk for close to three decades. Now that shes reaching retirement age, shes ready to turn the reins over to someone else and enjoy time with her family.

    Wodtka, who is completing her seventh four-year term as circuit clerk, submitted her resignation to the Fayette County Board on Tuesday night. Her retirement is effective at the end of July.

  • Schools' state money is expected soon

    Though Gov. Rod Blagojevich said three weeks ago that he would release funds to complete the states last two school aid payments of this fiscal year, local school districts have yet to seen any of that funding.

    However, a development Wednesday morning may indicate that funding is on the way.

    The money hasnt been released yet, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told The Leader-Union, but weve been notified that it has been vouchered.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 12

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Friday, June 13

    eoe" The 40th annual Grande Leve gets under way at the Vandalia Statehouse. A complete schedule of the period celebration appears on page 14 of this issue.

  • Grande Levee is this weekend

    The 40th anniversary of the Grande Levee will be celebrated this weekend at the Vandalia Statehouse. A schedule of this weekend's period celebration is included with this article.

  • Wodtka to retire from circuit clerk's post

    The Fayette County Board is scheduled to receive the resignation of the county's longtime circuit clerk at its regular meeting this Tuesday.

    According to the agenda prepared by County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, the board will be asked to approve the resignation of Marsha Wodtka.

    In her letter to Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, Wodtka said, "I feel this is a good time to retire, so I can devote more time and energy to my family."