http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Taking the Next Step in Technology http://www.leaderunion.com/content/taking-next-step-technology <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july2_2015_chromebook.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> &ldquo;The increased use of technology in our classrooms will &lsquo;power up&rsquo; student success today, and for the future.&rdquo;</p> Policy includes Chromebook Purchase Program http://www.leaderunion.com/content/policy-includes-chromebook-purchase-program <p> Vandalia Community High School students who don&rsquo;t have devices they can use to participate in the 1-to-1 program can lease Chromebooks or use ones kept at the school.<br /> The program guidelines for the 1-to-1 program approved by the Vandalia Board of Education include a Chromebook Purchase Program.<br /> Students may lease a Chromebook for three school years, at a cost of $100 per year. For families qualifying under free and reduced-cost guidelines, the cost is $50 per year.<br /> At the end of that three-year lease period, the student owns the Chromebook.<br /> 4th of July in the area http://www.leaderunion.com/content/4th-july-area <p> Area communities will celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks and other festivities<br /> VANDALIA<br /> The Vandalia Lions Club is again hosting a three-day carnival at the Vandalia Lake marina campgrounds.<br /> The carnival is open from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday.<br /> The Lions Club will provide its annual fireworks display over Vandalia Lake at dusk on Friday night.<br /> FARINA<br /> The village of Farina will hold its 60th annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday at the Farina Village Park.<br /> A Day of Family Fun http://www.leaderunion.com/content/day-family-fun <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july2_2015_y2_0.jpg" alt="Five-year-old Nicholas Jackson concentrates intently on a game of washers during &quot;Celebrating Families&quot; at the Family YMCA of Fayette County in Vandalia on Saturday morning." title="Five-year-old Nicholas Jackson concentrates intently on a game of washers during &quot;Celebrating Families&quot; at the Family YMCA of Fayette County in Vandalia on Saturday morning." align="left" hspace="6" width="76" height="85" /> Coroner investigating apparent suicide http://www.leaderunion.com/content/coroner-investigating-apparent-suicide <p> Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen is continuing to investigate an apparent suicide early Monday morning.<br /> Bowen said that at 11:49 p.m. on Sunday, authorities received a report of an individual with a firearm threatening to harm himself at the Carlyle Lake Patoka access area.<br /> Fayette County sheriff&rsquo;s deputies and the Illinois State Police responded to the call and located that individual&rsquo;s vehicle.<br /> Asked multiple times to exit his vehicle, Bowen said, the individual did not respond. Officers at the scene then heard a single gunshot.<br /> Calendar http://www.leaderunion.com/content/calendar-172 <p> Thursday, July 2<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 /> Vandalia Lions Club Officers http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-lions-club-officers <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july2_2015_lions_officers.jpg" alt="The new officers for the Vandalia Lions Club are pictured above. From left are: Bill Stolte, two-year director; Glen Daniels, one-year director; Ed Taylor, lion tamer; Bobby Kissiar, first vice president; Bette Stolte, secretary; Jennifer Richards, treasurer; Kevin Budny, third vice president; Vicky Conder, membership committee; Jerry Schukar, president; and Steve Henna, membership committee chairmen. Not present for the photo were: Les Smith, second vice president; Bill Brown, one-year director; Jim Staff, two-year director; Kent Freeland, tail twister; and Ashley Metzger, membership committee." title="The new officers for the Vandalia Lions Club are pictured above. From left are: Bill Stolte, two-year director; Glen Daniels, one-year director; Ed Taylor, lion tamer; Bobby Kissiar, first vice president; Bette Stolte, secretary; Jennifer Richards, treasurer; Kevin Budny, third vice president; Vicky Conder, membership committee; Jerry Schukar, president; and Steve Henna, membership committee chairmen. Not present for the photo were: Les Smith, second vice president; Bill Brown, one-year director; Jim Staff, two-year director; Kent Freeland, tail twister; and Ashley Metzger, membership committee." align="left" hspace="6" width="185" height="85" /> Golden Circle Menus http://www.leaderunion.com/content/golden-circle-menus-21 <p> Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses.<br /> There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit.<br /> Meals are prepared by Deb&rsquo;s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation is $2.60 for meals.<br /> Call the site director, Sharon Harris, at 283-1040 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you wish to eat there.<br />