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Today's News

  • License for beer garden OK'd, other request is not

    After the Vandalia City Council approved Vandalia Main Street’s request for a one-day liquor license, it chose not to act on a request for a permanent license submitted by an individual planning to open a sandwich shop.

    The council voted 5-3 to OK Main Street’s request for a license that will allow the organization to operate a beer garden during its new SummerFest in July.

  • Time to pull the plug on Motown

    Two months ago, we asked that the city of Vandalia seriously consider discontinuing its relationship with Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. We’re glad to see that city officials are moving in that direction.

    Alderman Mike Hobler suggested at Monday’s city council meeting that the city look at initiating legal action against the Michigan-based group, and Alderman Larry Bennett agreed.

  • Thanks to farmers

    Included in today's issue of The Leader-Union is a special section called "Salute to Agriculture 2010.

    In that section, brought to you by several of the leading ag-related businesses, we highlight the many contributions of our farmers.

    In a county like Fayette, it's hard to overestimate the impact of agriculture on our local economy. In most years, the fortunes of our farmers have a direct impact on the health of all other aspects of our business community. The ripples are that significant.

  • Phone calls lead to discovery of body in well

    The case began with a telephone call to the Shelby County Sheriff’s office in early December 1962.

    Lyle McDonald, the newly elected sheriff, took the call, and was asked whether a loss claim for a wallet found in a schoolyard near Herrick had been made. The wallet contained $500 and belonged to a man named Tony O’Dell.

    The caller said he did not want to get involved, but the sheriff should check some schoolhouse wells in the Herrick area for a body.

  • Green is good

    For the Vandalia High School girls basketball team, the 2009-10 season was a rebuilding year. After losing eight seniors and most of the team members who logged significant minutes, the Lady Vandals were depleted, to say the least. First-year head coach Michelle McNary had to rebuild a program basically from the ground up.

  • Green is good

    Heading into the season, Vandalia High School boys basketball coach Kevin Jackson had a huge decision to make – who to start at point guard.

  • City to consider legal options with Motown

    The Vandalia City Council decided on Monday to consider its legal options against a Michigan-based firm that says it wants to build a $300-million sports and entertainement complex.

    Alderman Mike Hobler suggested the city consider legal action against Motown Technology because it has failed to make good on a $17,500 bad check, and has also failed to respond to phone calls and e-mails.

    Alderman Larry Bennett agreed, saying the city has been "more than fair" in its dealings with Motown.

  • City OKs temporary liquor license, rejects permanent license request

    In a 5-3 vote, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday the issuance of a one-day liquor license for a beer garden that Vandalia Main Street plans to operate during its new summer festival.

     

    Also on Monday, a request for a temporary liquor license was denied when none of the aldermen made a motion to vote on that request. Dennis Gates made the request for a sandwich shop he plans to open in the former Quiznos building on Fourth Street between Orchard Street and Fletcher Street.

    For the full story, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • County to look at spending cuts

    The Fayette County Board learned on Tuesday night that school districts are not the only entities not getting money owed to them by the state and having to consider cost-cutting measures.

    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said the board’s finance committee learned just recently from County Treasurer Rose Hoover that the state has not paid state income tax monies to the county since last August.

    What that means is that the county has had to use more of its local tax funds to pay operating expenses, including salaries.

  • Tish responds to Thomason suit

    When Ken Thomason filed a lawsuit alleging that Larry Tish slandered him, Thomason did not make any mention of Tish committing those actions as St. Elmo’s mayor. But, in answering allegations, Tish mentions his role of supervising the city’s police chief.

    Tish filed on Monday in Fayette County Circuit Court a motion seeking dismissal of the suit that Thomason, who was fired as St. Elmo’s police chief, filed in February. He also filed a five-page memorandum supporting that motion.