http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Reward for helping to find Koontz http://www.leaderunion.com/content/reward-helping-find-koontz <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/april27_2017_koontz.jpg" alt="Ryan J. Koontz" title="Ryan J. Koontz" align="left" hspace="6" width="77" height="85" /><p> Local authorities are asking for the public&rsquo;s help in locating the Vandalia man who failed to show up on Monday for his jury trial on child pornography charges, and are offering a reward for anyone who helps find him.</p> City to consider fee for recycling http://www.leaderunion.com/content/city-consider-fee-recycling <p> Vandalia&rsquo;s aldermen will likely be asked to vote on a $1.25 surcharge on water bills to help fund the community&rsquo;s two recycling programs.<br /> The city council&rsquo;s cemetery and landfill committee, and Mayor Rick Gottman, on Monday asked FAYCO Enterprises and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District to draft such agreements.<br /> Defendant, attorney are no shows http://www.leaderunion.com/content/defendant-attorney-are-no-shows <p> Ryan Koontz chose not to show up on Monday as his jury trial on child pornography charges got under way. On the second day of that scheduled trial, neither Koontz nor his attorney showed up.<br /> Now, a new trial will have to be scheduled for Koontz, a 36-year-old Vandalia man who was charged with 10 counts of child pornography in November 2014.<br /> Well given special honor http://www.leaderunion.com/content/well-given-special-honor <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/well_rich_dx2_0157.jpg" alt="Rich Well" title="Rich Well" align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> Vandalia&rsquo;s superintendent of schools was among 25 school administrators in the state receiving a special honor on Monday.<br /> Rich Well, who has served as the Vandalia School District&rsquo;s superintendent for the past 11 years, was one of 21 superintendents picked by their regional colleagues to receive Superintendent of Distinction honors in Springfield.</p> Calendar http://www.leaderunion.com/content/calendar-246 <p> Thursday, April 27<br /> <br /> ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse. All Fayette County retired teachers are encouraged to attend this meeting to learn current information regarding insurance and pension legislation.<br /> ✔ Evans Public Library&#39;s Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.<br /> Route 140 Accident http://www.leaderunion.com/content/route-140-accident <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/april27_2017_140_wreck.jpg" alt="Photo by Rich Bauer Cora Jackson, 55, of Vandalia, was taken to Fayette County Hospital, then airlifted to a Springfield hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Friday. According to the Illinois State Police, Jackson was driving a 1994 Buick Regal on Ill. Route 140, east of Hagarstown, when she lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the eastbound lane then struck a concrete bridge barrier. The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department was called out to assist at the scene." title="Photo by Rich Bauer Cora Jackson, 55, of Vandalia, was taken to Fayette County Hospital, then airlifted to a Springfield hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Friday. According to the Illinois State Police, Jackson was driving a 1994 Buick Regal on Ill. Route 140, east of Hagarstown, when she lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the eastbound lane then struck a concrete bridge barrier. The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department was called out to assist at the scene." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /> Dynamic Dental's Free Dental Day is May 5 http://www.leaderunion.com/content/dynamic-dentals-free-dental-day-may-5 <p> Dynamic Dental Group in Vandalia is again holding a Free Dental Day.<br /> The fourth annual event will be held from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the dental practice, located at 2102 W. Randolph St. in Vandalia.<br /> No appointments are being taken, and patients must be at least 18 years of age.<br /> Patients can choose one cleaning, extraction or filling.<br /> Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. They are encouraged to arrive early and dress appropriately for the weather.<br /> &nbsp;</p> National Week of Prayer gets under way Sunday http://www.leaderunion.com/content/national-week-prayer-gets-under-way-sunday <p> The local observance of the National Week of Prayer gets under way on Sunday evening.<br /> &bull; Sunday, 6 p.m. &ndash; Unity Baptist Church, Ill. Route 185 and Airport Road.<br /> &bull; Monday, 7:30 a.m. &ndash; Vandalia Tourist Information Center, North Fifth and Fletcher streets.<br /> &bull; Tuesday, 8 a.m. &ndash; Vandalia Community High School gym.<br /> &bull; Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. &ndash; Fayette County Courthouse entrance.<br />