http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Carson's Lemonade Raid is Saturday http://www.leaderunion.com/content/carsons-lemonade-raid-saturday-0 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/carson.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="189" height="85" /> Report on misconduct claim released http://www.leaderunion.com/content/report-misconduct-claim-released <p> The investigation that resulted in the former chairman of the Fayette County Board being cleared of official misconduct allegations included interviews of about 20 people.<br /> The investigation into County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder&rsquo;s claim of being intimidated by Steve Knebel included interviews with most of the county board members and several county officers.<br /> Conder claimed that Knebel threatened to cut her office&rsquo;s budget if she did not hire an individual he was recommending for a position in her office.<br /> City plan has many projects http://www.leaderunion.com/content/city-plan-has-many-projects <p> The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a spending plan for the coming year that includes a number of capital improvement projects that have been postponed for several years.<br /> Not among those projects is the replacement of a bridge on Thrill Hill Road between U.S. Route 51 and Zent Drive.<br /> The appropriations ordinance for the new fiscal year has expenditures estimated at $9,154,165 and revenues at $9,037,639.<br /> The $116,526 deficit is due in large part to a deficit of $255,518 in the capital improvement fund.<br /> Following in Edsel's tracks http://www.leaderunion.com/content/following-edsels-tracks <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ford_group.jpg" alt="Mark Gessler (right), president of the Historic Vehicle Association, talks to a group of local residents on Sunday evening about the HVA&#039;s trip to San Francisco. " title="Mark Gessler (right), president of the Historic Vehicle Association, talks to a group of local residents on Sunday evening about the HVA&#039;s trip to San Francisco. " align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> A little more than 100 years ago, Henry Ford&rsquo;s son stopped over in Vandalia as he and some of his friends were on one of this country&rsquo;s earliest road trips. On Sunday, a crew stopped here as they re-create that trip.</p> Calendar http://www.leaderunion.com/content/calendar-175 <p> Thursday, July 23<br /> <br /> ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.<br /> ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.<br /> ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.<br /> Broken Chains Band spreads the word http://www.leaderunion.com/content/broken-chains-band-spreads-word <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july23_2015_faces_brokenchainsbamd.jpg" alt="Members of The Broken Chain Band are pictured above. In front, from left, are Michelle Hooks, Marla Ainscough and Dovie Heaton-Bergin. In back are Connie Heaton-Heistand, Doug Ricketts, Brayden Caswell, Donna McElvany, Laquita Hans and Laniel Worker. The band&#039;s sound people are Rich Cade, Charlie Bruno, Benjamin Hooks and Kaelyb Worker." title="Members of The Broken Chain Band are pictured above. In front, from left, are Michelle Hooks, Marla Ainscough and Dovie Heaton-Bergin. In back are Connie Heaton-Heistand, Doug Ricketts, Brayden Caswell, Donna McElvany, Laquita Hans and Laniel Worker. The band&#039;s sound people are Rich Cade, Charlie Bruno, Benjamin Hooks and Kaelyb Worker." align="left" hspace="6" width="139" height="85" /><p> &ldquo;Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.&rdquo;<br /> Psalm 149:1</p> Ray Radliff dies Thursday; services on Tuesday http://www.leaderunion.com/content/ray-radliff-dies-thursday-services-tuesday <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/radliff_1.jpg" alt="Ray Radliff" title="Ray Radliff" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Lawrence Ray Radliff, 77, of Vandalia passed away at 9:31 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at home.&nbsp;</p> Evergreen Outreach http://www.leaderunion.com/content/evergreen-outreach-111 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july232_2015_randy_and_judy.jpg" alt="Randy Schukar and Judy Varga perform at EO on Monday." title="Randy Schukar and Judy Varga perform at EO on Monday." align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> By Charlene M. Jett<br /> OK, here is the scoop. Evergreen Outreach had the best party in town. At Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care, we ate, clapped hands, sang, danced and created very slightly mischievous good times. We are OK, as long as that angel peeking around the corner (Pastor James Fackler) keeps his eye on us.</p>