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Today's News

  • Health department gives recommendations on swine flu

    The Fayette County Health Department has three simple words of advice for protecting yourself from swine flu – clean (your hands), cover (your mouth) and contain (germs).

    The FCHD is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating the spread of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

    By late morning on Wednesday, the IDPH reported that there were 225 confirmed cases of swine flu in Illinois, as well as 20 more probable cases. All but a few of those cases are in the Chicago area.

  • Ferguson going strong in aerboics after 20 years

    Lynn Sefton Ferguson became interested in aerobics in 1979. Soon convinced that aerobics were very beneficial to a person’s health, both physically and mentally, she became an aerobics instructor.

    That was 20 years ago, and she is still going strong. Her energy, vitality and youthful appearance speak well for her chosen profession.

    She was introduced to aerobics through a friend whose sister was into aerobics in Oklahoma, where it was comparatively new. Her friend wanted her sister to come here for a clinic, but at least 20 people had to sign up to do this.

  • Vandalia's Cleanup Week is this week

    Vandalia residents who have been waiting for the opportunity to get rid of old appliances and other types of junk need wait no longer.

    The city-wide Cleanup Week is this Monday through Friday.

    Residents of the city who are customers of Doty Sanitation can place the unwanted items out with their regular trash on their regular trash pickup days.

    There are, however, some things that will not be picked up. They include:

    • Paint in a wet stage.

    • Vehicle batteries.

    • Tires.

    • Brush and landscape waste.

  • Gottman will speak at Chamber meeting

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman will be the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting this Wednesday.

    The chamber meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • 11:20 a.m. on Monday Local DHS office WILL stay open

    The Illinois Department of Human Services office in Vandalia will stay open.

    State Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville) told The Leader-Union late Monday morning that he held in his hand a letter from the state's Central Management Services to the lease holder for the building that houses the local DHS office that states that the decision to close the local office had been rescinded.

  • Friend turns out to be journalism prof

    Recently, I contacted my friend, Roger Boye, of Evanston, to tell him my exciting news! My name appeared among the acknowledgments in Edward Callary’s new book, “Place Names Of Illinois.” This was a first for me, and I knew Roger would appreciate what it meant.

    I met Roger early in 1995 through a genealogical query. He was interested in family information on the Rheiner and Boye families of St. Paul. I copied what I had and sent it to him.

  • Good choices keep prom safe

    This is the time of year for proms, and many local high schools have either held theirs already or will be holding them soon. At Vandalia Community High School, the prom is this Saturday from 7-11:30 p.m.

    It’s a wonderful time of making memories, socializing with friends and enjoying a dress-up date. If you’d like a glimpse into the evening’s activities, the coronation of the prom king and queen will take place at 8 p.m. in the gymnasium. This year’s theme is “A Night of Enchantment.”

  • Council will vote on changes to Gallatin Street parking restrictions

    The Vandalia City Council could vote on a change to the parking restrictions along Gallatin Street as early as next week.

    The council’s streets and sewers committee voted unanimously to recommend a change that would allow residents living in buildings on Gallatin Street to park on the street in the evening.

    Currently, parking on Gallatin Street between Kennedy Boulevard (Third Street) and Sixth Street is limited to two hours at a time around the clock, seven days a week.

  • Mary Albert O'Neill bequeaths $1 million for fine arts wing at KC Campus

    The Kaskaskia College Foundation will receive more than $1 million from the estate of a Vandalia woman to construct a fine arts building or a fine arts wing onto an existing building on the college’s Vandalia campus.

    College officials announced the major gift from the estate of Mary C. Albert O’Neill at the annual meeting of the Kaskaskia College Foundation at the Centralia campus on Monday.

  • HMG claims city breached contract

    In responding to the lawsuit filed by the city of Vandalia on a project in the western Interstate 70 interchange, its consulting engineering firm claims that the suit should be dismissed because the city didn’t comply with a contract signed for the project.

    HMG Engineers of Carlyle responded last week to the suit filed last month in which the city seeks a judgment of $361,370.18. The city alleges that the engineering firm was negligent in preparing plans and specifications for a boring project.