http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Getting on track http://www.leaderunion.com/content/getting-track <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nov23_2017_caboose.jpg" alt="Bill Howard, one of the principals with the Vandalia Railroads Museum Foundation, is pictured with Vandalia&#039;s Little Red Caboose. The restoration of the caboose has gotten under way, but foundation is needing more local support to make the project&#039;s completion a reality." title="Bill Howard, one of the principals with the Vandalia Railroads Museum Foundation, is pictured with Vandalia&#039;s Little Red Caboose. The restoration of the caboose has gotten under way, but foundation is needing more local support to make the project&#039;s completion a reality." align="left" hspace="6" width="90" height="85" /><p> As the 45th anniversary for a significant landmark in Vandalia was observed last week, the work to preserve that landmark &ndash; and fund that preservation work &ndash; continues.</p> FIT kits http://www.leaderunion.com/content/fit-kits <p> Flu clinics offered by the Fayette County Health Department helped to kick start a new program that helps diagnose colorectal cancer.<br /> And the results from that first group of fecal immunochemical tests surprised FCHD officials.<br /> As of Oct. 31, the department had distributed 55 kits, and of those, 41 of the kits had been returned. Of the 41 kits returned and tests run, 15 were found to be abnormal.<br /> That means the rate of abnormal tests was 36.6 percent, much higher than the national rate for abnormal FIT tests &ndash; 7-13 percent.<br /> Council adds liquor license for new restaurant http://www.leaderunion.com/content/council-adds-liquor-license-new-restaurant <p> The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to add a Class E liquor license, which would go to a new restaurant in town.<br /> The council unanimously approved an ordinance amendment that increases the number of Class E licenses available from seven to eight.<br /> With that action now taken, Mayor Rick Gottman, as the city&rsquo;s liquor commissioner, will act on the liquor license application submitted for Anthony&rsquo;s, a restaurant at the northeast corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Gallatin Street.<br /> Police handle large number of thefts from vehicles http://www.leaderunion.com/content/police-handle-large-number-thefts-vehicles <p> In light of numerous thefts one evening last week, Vandalia&rsquo;s police chief is reminding residents to lock their vehicles.<br /> The city police reported last week that they handled thefts from 13 vehicles, with most of them being at Capitol Pointe Apartments at the west end of Randolph Street.<br /> All of those vehicles, Police Chief Jeff Ray said, were not locked at the time of the thefts.<br /> In addition to the thefts late last Wednesday evening, police have received sporadic reports of thefts from vehicles, Ray said.<br /> Calendar http://www.leaderunion.com/content/calendar-275 <p> Thursday, November 23<br /> <br /> ✔ Fayette County Habitat for Humanity is holding its 11th annual free community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. Reservations are not required. Deliveries will be made to shut-ins only.<br /> Friday, November 24<br /> <br /> ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will not hold bingo at the Legion Home, due to Thanksgiving.<br /> ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.<br /> <br /> Saturday, November 25<br /> <br /> Spirit Night for St. Elmo/Brownstown http://www.leaderunion.com/content/spirit-night-st-elmobrownstown <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/seb_spirit1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The St. Elmo/Brownstown cheerleaders and boys basketball teams held their annual Spirit Night, which included a chili supper followed by introductions of cheerleaders and basketball players, games with the two groups and some drills by the basketball players.</p> Lady Vandals fall in first tourney game http://www.leaderunion.com/content/lady-vandals-fall-first-tourney-game <p> Olivia Marquardt and Lanee McNary combined for 26 points on Monday, but a fourth-quarter push by the Lady Vandals came up just short.</p> Eight Vandals on SCC football team http://www.leaderunion.com/content/eight-vandals-scc-football-team <p> Eight Vandalia Vandals were awarded all-conference honors, four of them receiving first-team recognition.<br /> Named to the South Central Conference first team were:<br /> &bull; Ethan Bayles, senior, offensive line.<br /> &bull; Trevor Smalls, junior, running back.<br /> &bull; Marcus Zimmerman, senior, wide receiver. Zimmerman was also named the first team special teams player.<br /> &bull; Garett McNary, senior, linebacker.<br /> Named to the second team were:<br /> &bull;&nbsp;Erick Roman, junior, offensive line.<br />