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Today's News

  • County pay plan a good beginning

    Though it represents only a small step on the road to fiscal responsibility, the county board’s adoption last Thursday of a new pay schedule for four county officers is, indeed, a step in the right direction.
    The revised salary schedule applies to the offices of county clerk & recorder, county treasurer, supervisor of assessments and county sheriff.

  • School board releases eight coaches

    At the end of a 35-minute meeting – nearly half of which was spent in executive session – the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday honorably discharged eight non-teaching coaches.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Steve M. Swofford, 44, 1314 W. Johnson St., Vandalia, was arrested on April 14 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $500 cash.
    • Justin R. Kellermann, 25, 206 N. First St., Brownstown, was arrested on April 14 for failure to appear in court on a small claims matter. Bond was $100 cash.
    • Raymond H. Feltner, 22, 511 S. Tower St., Brownstown, was arrested on April 14 on a charge of domestic battery. Bond was $5,000.

  • News Briefs

    Band Boosters' garage sale is Saturday
    The Vandalia Band Boosters will hold their second annual Huge Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
    The boosters are again asking for donations for this event. They may be dropped off at the Moose from noon-6 p.m. next Thursday and Friday.
    For more information, or assistance with transporting items to the Moose Lodge, contact Ken Torbeck at NAPA Auto Parts, 283-3053.
    All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Vandalia Schools band program.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 10

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.

  • Philbrick talks at last Lenten Luncheon

    Walter Philbrick was born in New Hampshire, moved to Minnesota with the company for which he was employed, and more recently, retired and moved to Vandalia, where his son, Matt Philbrick, is youth minister at First Baptist Church and Matt’s wife, Jenn, is employed at The Leader-Union.

  • Teen in shooting charged as adult

    A Shobonier youth who is being charged as an adult for his alleged role in a February shooting incident has pleaded not guilty to those charges.
    Nathan T. Wiseman, 15, appeared in Fayette County Court on Monday, a month after the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed two felony charges.
    Wiseman is charged with the Class X felony aggravated battery with a firearm and the Class 1 felony aggravated discharge of a firearm.

  • Ishum gets 27 months for his role in fatality

    A rural Vandalia man was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge related to fatal wreck a year ago.
    Larry Ishum, 30, last Wednesday signed a guilty plea for an amended charge of reckless homicide.
    Ishum was initially charged with reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving last September for his alleged role in a wreck on March 31, 2013, that resulted in the death of Sonja Doggett.

  • Pay structure OK'd for 4 county officers

    The two Fayette County officers who will likely be re-elected this November will get a slight pay increase.
    However, the two people who will be elected to the two other offices will be paid 7 percent less than those currently holding those posts.
    The salaries for those four county officer positions were set in a new pay schedule approved by the Fayette County Board last Thursday night.

  • Pool talks continue

    The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet in special session next Tuesday to continue discussions on the district’s swimming pool.
    That meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    The board agreed to set the special meeting during its regular meeting last Thursday, as it continued to talk about its options with the pool.
    Those options include a comprehensive renovation of the existing structure or building a new pool.