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Today's News

  • Thanksgiving dinner a holiday gift for many

    The fourth Fayette Faces story under the theme of “Unwrapped Gifts” features the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance and the many volunteers who, for the fourth straight year, provided a free Thanksgiving dinner at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.
    The free meal is for all who wish to come together in the spirit of sharing a community meal, regardless of financial status.
    Many benefit and enjoy these “unwrapped gifts” and are as blessed by it as the many hands and hearts who prepare and contribute to it.

  • Holiday Festivities in Vandalia

    Holiday activities over the weekend included the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse and the Christmas program presented by the Vandalia Elementary School's Honor Chorus. In the first photo, local historian Dale Timmermann tells visitors to the Statehouse about the history of the building and the state of Illinois. In the second photo, Audrey Myers (left) and Alexis Beckman dance during the Honor Chorus program. More photos from the events are on Page 1 B and will appear in slideshows at www.leaderunion.com this week.

  • Teen pleads not guilty to murder, home invasion

    A 15-year-old Loogootee youth charged with fatally shooting a couple who lived a short distance from his home pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and home invasion.
    Clifford W. Baker entered the plea after a judge ruled that Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel had presented sufficient evidence to hold the youth for trial.

  • Council will vote on levy with 10% hike

    Presented with three options for a new tax levy, the Vandalia City Council decided on Monday not to go with any of those.
    Instead, the council voted to proceed with the approval of a levy with a total that is 10 percent above last year’s total tax extension.
    At a special meeting, the council received three levy options from Dale Timmermann of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. – one that mirrors the 2009 extended levy total of $559,070.41; one that’s 5 percent above that total, $587,0245; and one with a 20.94-percent increase, $676,153.

  • County puts 1% sales tax issue on ballot

    The Fayette County Board approved a resolution putting on the April election ballot a referendum for a 1-percent sales tax that would benefit school districts in the county.
    The board approved the resolution in a 9-4 vote on Tuesday, with a couple of board members voicing the opposition to the plan presented by superintendents in the Vandalia, Brownstown, Ramsey and St. Elmo school districts.

  • St. Elmo Elementary concert canceled; reset for next Monday

    The St. Elmo Elementary School Christmas concert scheduled for tonight has been canceled.

    The concert will be held at 7 pm. next Monday.

  • Sports cancellations: Monday, Dec. 13

    The Vandalia High School girls basketball team's game against Litchfield, scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m., has been canceled due to inclement weather. A makeup date will be determined at a later date.

    The South Central High School girls basketball team's game against Woodlawn, scheduled for Monday at 6:15 p.m., has been canceled due to inclement weather. A makeup date on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. has been scheduled.

  • Loogootee teen pleads not guilty to murder, home invasion

    The Loogootee teen who has been charged with murdering a couple in their home in August has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

    At an arraignment in Fayette County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon, Clifford W. Baker, through his attorney, Monroe McWard of Taylorville, entered the plea.

    The brief arraignment hearing followed a preliminary hearing at which Judge Michael McHaney of Salem ruled that Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel had presented sufficient evidence to hold Baker over for trial.

  • Births

    Grace Lynn Cook
    Brian and Tina Cook of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 5:50 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She was named Grace Lynn.
    She has one brother, 3-year-old Aaron.
    Grandparents are Dorothy Jones of Vandalia, Charles Jones of Nokomis and Deb Cook of Mulberry Grove.
    Great-grandparents are Lynn and Dorothy Paine.

    Greta Caroline Suckow

  • Dugan – 50 Years

    David and Ruth Dugan of Mulberry Grove will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building.
    David and the former Patrechia Ruth Hathaway were married on Dec. 24, 1960, at First Baptist Church in Vandalia by the Rev. Archie Brown. Their attendants were Lily Hathaway Reed and Edward G. Dugan.
    He was a dairy farmer for more than 40 years, and later worked as transportation director at Mulberry Grove Community Unit No. 1.