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Today's News

  • VCHS gets funds for all-weather track

    Vandalia Community High School Superintendent Rich Well said construction of an all-weather track will begin “as soon as possible” after city council members, on Monday, approved using Tax Increment Financing money to help fund the project.

    Having already secured funds from four other entities, receiving $65,000 in TIF money per year for the next five years allows the district to finance the $500,000 project that will allow VCHS to host home track meets and benefit all its athletes and students, as well as the community.

  • Council OKs TIF funds for VCHS all-weather track

    City officials agreed on Monday to help with the installation of an all-weather track at Vandalia Community High School.
    The city council unanimously approved a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) agreement through which the city will contribute $65,000 in each of the next five years, or $325,000 total, for the new track.
    The TIF contribution is one of five funding sources for the track, which district officials estimate will cost about $500,000.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log-Nov. 4, 2010

    • Christopher R. Tom, 26, Witt, was arrested on Oct. 31 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $5,000, and Tom was transported to Montgomery County Jail.
    • Bardley Eyman, 26, Pocahontas, was arrested on Oct. 31 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.
    • Cody A. Jones, 29, 404 E. Madison St., Farina, was arrested on Oct. 31 on a charge of battery. Bond was $1,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 4, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured nearly 50 years ago, attended high school in Vandalia and moved to Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1975. He is married and has two children. His father was an auto body repairman at a local garage.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    No photo in last week’s Mystery Banks Photo.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ratts  yb nigdo thaw si rynaceses, hent twah si lobsipes, dan lydsunde uyo rae nodgi eht bimlesisop.

  • Post Office building unchanged in 75 years

    Last week’s column centered on the mural in the Vandalia Post Office painted by artist Aaron Bohrod under the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.).
    This government program was created on May 6, 1935, to help provide economic relief to the citizens of the United States who were suffering through the Great Depression.
    On Aug. 27, 1934, Postmaster George L. Hausmann was notified that out of the 25 sites offered for construction of the new federal building, the corner location of the Schulte home at Fourth and Johnson streets was chosen.  

  • Election a wake-up call for change

    Even though the Illinois governor’s race was too close to call on Wednesday morning, it represented a number of races across the state and nation in which Republicans made significant inroads into Democratic strongholds.
    Incumbent Democratic governor Pat Quinn held a lead of about 9,000 votes over challenger state Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). About 97.5 percent of the precincts – representing 3.3 million votes – had been tallied, but the margin was too small to declare a winner.

  • Nancy Shipman contributes to HCE dress project

    During a recent visit to Brookstone Estates, members of the Sefton Unit of Home and Community Education were talking about their current project, “Little Dresses for Africa.”
    A resident sitting nearby overheard the conversation and asked for, and received, a pattern.
    Much to the club’s surprise, the resident soon had several of the dresses ready for the HCE project – the final products being like those done by a professional seamstress … and given with the promise of more to come.

  • Election Day Assistance

    Election judge Bill Borberly explains the correct way to cast a ballot to one of the voters at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Hall polling place on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Psychiatric report for teen charged with murder still not completed

    An attorney representing a 15-year-old rural Farina youth charged with fatally shooting a Loogootee couple in their home told a judge on Friday that the youth’s psychiatric evaluation still has not been completed.
    After Monroe McWard, the Taylorville attorney representing Clifford W. Baker, told Judge Ericka Sanders that Dr. Frederick Klug had not completed the evaluation, Sanders said she expected the report to be filed in time for the next status hearing in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    That status hearing has been set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

  • City planning to hike three tax levy rates

    The local CPA firm that performs the city of Vandalia’s annual audit reminded city officials on Monday night that they are not levying the maximum amount allowable for three funds, and that they could consider doing so to help with their budget deficit.
    About four hours later, the Vandalia City Council voted to levy the maximum amounts for the city’s corporate, fire protection and police protection funds.