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Today's News

  • VanUytven is serving area seamstresses

    Patti Van Uytven was climbing up to a sewing machine as soon as she was big enough … and has now climbed all the way to the top of a “fabrics and all the trimmings for sewing and quilting” business, known in Ramsey as  “The Quilt Top Shop.”

  • L-U website now subscription-based

    Beginning today, The Leader-Union’s website (www.leaderunion.com) has become a subscription-based site.
    As a result, visitors who stay on the website for more than 10 minutes will be given the opportunity to subscribe to the printed product (and thus receive free access to the website) or they may choose to subscribe just to the website.
    Current subscribers to The Leader-Union, however, will have unlimited access to the site at no additional cost.

  • County board OKs sheriff transport van

    As Fayette County officials worked to trim this year’s spending, Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay agreed to take out of his budget about $50,000 for the purchase of vehicles. On Tuesday, the county board agreed to use money from its general fund for a new sheriff’s vehicle.
    In taking that action, board members agreed that having that vehicle will allow the sheriff to make money for the county.
    Lay asked the board to purchase a transport van, because the one that was being used, a 1994 model with more than 200,000 miles, is no longer feasible to repair.

  • Schools oppose Quinn's consolidation idea

    Though it might have played well as a part of Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to reduce the state’s deficit, a proposal to force consolidations of two thirds of the state’s school districts is getting some push-back from educators.
    Quinn announced his proposal to cut the state’s 868 districts down to 300 in his budget address last month. Such cuts, he said, could save taxpayers as much as $100 million each year. Since then, he’s gotten an earful from legislators and school officials across the state.

  • More downtown work

    Vandalia officials will begin working toward more improvements in the downtown business district with a meeting next week.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the council’s streets committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. next Wednesday to talk about improvements in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street and the 100 block of South Fourth Street.
    Gottman has also invited the members of the city’s downtown enhancement committee to attend that meeting.

  • City committee holds meetings on animal control

    All Fayette County communities except Vandalia have signed contracts with the county for animal control services.
    Vandalia officials have discussed that issue, but are asking for more information before signing on the dotted line.
    The Vandalia City Council’s public safety committee met last Wednesday and again on Monday to discuss animal control, which is provided by Vandalia veterinarian Dr. Connie Heaton.

  • Business Briefs

    Troy Payne attends family law seminar

    Troy G. Payne, an attorney with LeFevre Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group Ltd. of Vandalia, participated in a one-day continuing legal education seminar on family law in Peoria on Feb. 24.

    The seminar addressed several aspects of family law and divorce cases involving financial issues, trials and appeals. It also covered the ethical considerations of representing someone through a family matter.

  • Fayette County Health Department Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday at the new home of the Fayette County Health Department at 419 W. Edwards St. in Vandalia. The building, the former home of Leo Brown Lumber, now allows all of the functions of the health department to be housed in one building. FCHD Administrator Rhonda Andrews, fourth from the left in the front row, said that more than 250 people toured the facility. She said that she's excited about the new building "because it allows us to integrate our services like never before."

  • Copper Penny Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday at the Copper Penny, a new restaurant and bar in downtown Vandalia. The business is owned by Amy Gaffney, second from left in the front row. Shown with Gaffney are her mother, Sandy Michel (far left, front row), and her grandfather, Dean Bowen (second from right, front row).

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These five girls, pictured in April 1963, were all from the Bingham area. Though they now live in Ramsey, Herrick, Pana, Springfield and Willow Hill, they remain very close friends.