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Today's News

  • Delay on picking Wodtka's successor

    Marsha Wodtka still doesn't know who will serve as her temporary successor when she retires at the end of this month.

    Wodtka announced in July of last year that she would not seek an eighth term as Fayette County's circuit clerk, and submitted in June of this year her plans to retire on July 31.

    In her retirement letter, Wodtka recommended that the Fayette County Board appoint Mary Sue Ruot to serve as the circuit clerk until the November general election.

  • Kern resigns as AD; extra duties with closed campus

    In a move designed to prepare for the introduction of a closed lunch hour at Vandalia Community High School this fall, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday accepted Brian Kerns resignation as high school athletic director.

    Kern, who has served in a split position as assistant principal and athletic director for the past two years, will retain his duties as assistant principal.

  • Enhanced 911 on the November ballot

    Fayette County residents will decide in November whether Enhanced 911 service becomes available in this county.

    The Fayette County Board voted unanimously last Thursday to put an Enhanced 911 referendum on the general election ballot.

    County residents will vote on whether they are willing to pay $2.75 per month for each network connection for that service, which makes a large amount of information available to emergency responders at the time an emergency call is made.

  • Orgill campaign continues

    The city of Vandalia continued to campaign for a new Orgill facility in a recent meeting with an Orgill consultant.

    Mayor Rick Gottman said the meeting with J.M. Mullif of Memphis, Tenn., represents the citys latest effort to land a distribution center that would employ more than 300 people.

    It was a face-to-face meeting where we could further explain our proposal, Gottman said.

  • County delays action on Wodtka's replacement

    The Fayette County Board decided on Thursday to delay a decision on who will run the county's circuit clerk's office when Marsha Wodtka retires at the end of this month.

    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that a vote on the issue has been delayed to give the Fayette County Republican Central Committee more time to submit its recommendation on a temporary circuit clerk. He said that the Democrat Central Committee has submitted its recommendation.

  • Enhanced 911 on November ballot

    Fayette County residents will vote in November on the implementation of Enhanced 911 service.

    The Fayette County Board voted unanimously on Thursday to put the E911 issue on the general election ballot.

    County resident will vote on a $2.75 monthly surcharge per phone network connection.

    For more, see this Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Amy Fulk is new Miss Fayette County Fair

    Amy Fulk of St. Elmo reacts upon being named the 2008 Miss Fayette County Fair queen on Monday night at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

  • Freight get 2nd at Altamont Tournament

    Rich Well's walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth completed the Vandalia Guaranteed Air Freight softball team's battle back through the loser's bracket in the Altamont Tournament, vaulting the Freight into the championship game Sunday with a thrilling 4-3 win over the Cerro Gordo Broncos.

    But the Freight ran out of gas against the same team in the winner-take-all title tilt, settling for second place after a 7-0 loss in the double-elimination tournament, which resumed Saturday after wet weather postponed action the previous weekend.

  • VanUytven to play volleyball at Kankakee College

    Apparently, there is at least one advantage to having four different head coaches in four years - networking opportunities.

    After enduring a coaching carousel and playing in relative obscurity at Ramsey High School during her prep career, Laura VanUytven's dream of playing college volleyball seemed to be on life support, as she remained unsigned well into her final semester at RHS.

  • Crandell signs with Kaskaskia College

    For about as long as she could remember, Brittany Crandell's right arm was the source of countless positive things.

    Past success, to the tune of 65 victories during her first three varsity years at Mulberry Grove.

    The possibility for even more success as a senior, considering the Lady Aces were bringing everyone back from a 22-7 team.

    And seemingly unlimited possibilities in the future, with a number of colleges showing interest in bringing Crandell aboard.

    But that all changed in an instant during the Lady Aces' 2008 season-opener against South Central.