http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Painting Our Downtown http://www.leaderunion.com/content/painting-our-downtown <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aug25_2016_murals.jpg" alt="Some Wall Dog murals are pictured above." title="Some Wall Dog murals are pictured above." align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> A group of Vandalia residents wanting to spruce up the downtown area with some professional paintings is moving toward that goal.</p> Jury trial ends with two convictions, one acquittal http://www.leaderunion.com/content/jury-trial-ends-two-convictions-one-acquittal <p> A Fayette County jury deliberated less than 30 minutes in finding a Shelbyville man guilty on two charges and acquitting him on a third.<br /> In a one-day jury trial on Monday, Richard L. Gordon, 46, was found guilty of obstruction of justice as well as a lesser-included charge of obstructing identification that was given to the jury before deliberations got under way.<br /> Gordon was found not guilty of possession of drug paraphernalia.<br /> MG man in custody after 5-hour standoff http://www.leaderunion.com/content/mg-man-custody-after-5-hour-standoff <p> A Mulberry Grove man wanted on battery charges for an incident in rural Fayette County was taken into custody late Sunday evening after a five-hour standoff with four law enforcement agencies.<br /> Randy J. Bone, 33, made his first appearance in court on Monday, with Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor ruling that there was sufficient evidence to charge Bone with aggravated battery/use of a deadly weapon and domestic battery with bodily harm.<br /> Calendar of Events http://www.leaderunion.com/content/calendar-events-6 <p> Thursday, August 25<br /> <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 /> ✔ The Wall Dogs Mural Committee meets at 6 p.m. at the National Road Interpretive Center, 105 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. The public is invited.<br /> <br /> Friday, August 26<br /> <br /> CEFS begins taking applications for LIHEAP assistance on Sept. 1 http://www.leaderunion.com/content/cefs-begins-taking-applications-liheap-assistance-sept-1 <p> The C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. will begin accepting applications for the 2017 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan on Thursday, Sept. 1.<br /> This is the first day that appointments can be made for the program. Appointments can be made by contacting the local C.E.F.S. County Outreach office on Gallatin Street in Vandalia.<br /> September and October are priority months, reserved for those households that have either a member age 60 and above or are disabled.<br /> CEFS seeking food pantry more volunteers, donors http://www.leaderunion.com/content/cefs-seeking-food-pantry-more-volunteers-donors <p> Hunger is an issue in every community in America &ndash; one in seven people, including 15 million children, are food insecure.<br /> Supporting hunger relief by volunteering or gifting cash will help families, children and seniors in need, including the 16.4 percent of Fayette County who live below poverty level.<br /> This is an &ldquo;opportunity for everyone to help make their communities better,&rdquo; Diana Aviv, CEO at Feeding America, said.<br /> Brownstown honors, prays for those in uniform http://www.leaderunion.com/content/brownstown-honors-prays-those-uniform <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/meninblue_reed.jpg" alt="Jerry Reed leads a prayer during the service on Friday." title="Jerry Reed leads a prayer during the service on Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="78" height="85" /><p> Our People in Uniform,<br /> Brown, Tan, Black, White or Blue,<br /> No matter the uniform&rsquo;s color or hue,<br /> Within the cloth beats a courageous heart,<br /> That they lay on the line to protect me and you.</p> National Bank Donates to Cancer Fund http://www.leaderunion.com/content/national-bank-donates-cancer-fund <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aug18_2016_cancerfund_nationalbank.jpg" alt="al Bank in Vandalia recently held its annual fundraiser cookout, choosing to donate the proceeds to the Fayette County Cancer Fund. Above, Tonya Diveley of National Bank, second from left, presents a check for $550 to Doug Knebel, president of the Cancer Fund Board of Directors. Also pictured, from left, are Cancer Fund Board members Darryl Tjaden, Fran Rickman, Liz Heinzman and Janet Elam." title="al Bank in Vandalia recently held its annual fundraiser cookout, choosing to donate the proceeds to the Fayette County Cancer Fund. Above, Tonya Diveley of National Bank, second from left, presents a check for $550 to Doug Knebel, president of the Cancer Fund Board of Directors. Also pictured, from left, are Cancer Fund Board members Darryl Tjaden, Fran Rickman, Liz Heinzman and Janet Elam." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" />