http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Payroll struggles continue http://www.leaderunion.com/content/payroll-struggles-continue <p> Faced with the possibility of not meeting payroll later this month, the Fayette County Board approved last Thursday another transfer of capital improvement funds.<br /> Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that the county had enough funds on hand to meet payroll the next day, but that it would have only about $20,000 left in the general fund after paying employees.<br /> County Treasurer Rose Hoover added, &ldquo;But we still have other obligations.&rdquo;<br /> Pay structure OK'd for 4 county officers http://www.leaderunion.com/content/pay-structure-okd-4-county-officers <p> The two Fayette County officers who will likely be re-elected this November will get a slight pay increase.<br /> However, the two people who will be elected to the two other offices will be paid 7 percent less than those currently holding those posts.<br /> The salaries for those four county officer positions were set in a new pay schedule approved by the Fayette County Board last Thursday night.<br /> Pool talks continue http://www.leaderunion.com/content/pool-talks-continue <p> The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees will meet in special session next Tuesday to continue discussions on the district&rsquo;s swimming pool.<br /> That meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.<br /> The board agreed to set the special meeting during its regular meeting last Thursday, as it continued to talk about its options with the pool.<br /> Those options include a comprehensive renovation of the existing structure or building a new pool.<br /> Ishum gets 27 months for his role in fatality http://www.leaderunion.com/content/ishum-gets-27-months-his-role-fatality <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/april17_2014_ishum.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> A rural Vandalia man was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge related to fatal wreck a year ago.<br /> Larry Ishum, 30, last Wednesday signed a guilty plea for an amended charge of reckless homicide.<br /> Ishum was initially charged with reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving last September for his alleged role in a wreck on March 31, 2013, that resulted in the death of Sonja Doggett.<br /> Teen in shooting charged as adult http://www.leaderunion.com/content/teen-shooting-charged-adult <p> A Shobonier youth who is being charged as an adult for his alleged role in a February shooting incident has pleaded not guilty to those charges.<br /> Nathan T. Wiseman, 15, appeared in Fayette County Court on Monday, a month after the office of Fayette County State&rsquo;s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed two felony charges.<br /> Wiseman is charged with the Class X felony aggravated battery with a firearm and the Class 1 felony aggravated discharge of a firearm.<br /> Calendar http://www.leaderunion.com/content/calendar-108 <p> Thursday, April 10<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 /> News Briefs http://www.leaderunion.com/content/news-briefs-78 <p> <strong>Band Boosters&#39; garage sale is Saturday</strong><br /> The Vandalia Band Boosters will hold their second annual Huge Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.<br /> The boosters are again asking for donations for this event. They may be dropped off at the Moose from noon-6 p.m. next Thursday and Friday.<br /> For more information, or assistance with transporting items to the Moose Lodge, contact Ken Torbeck at NAPA Auto Parts, 283-3053.<br /> All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Vandalia Schools band program.<br /> <br /> School board releases eight coaches http://www.leaderunion.com/content/school-board-releases-eight-coaches <p> At the end of a 35-minute meeting &ndash; nearly half of which was spent in executive session &ndash; the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday honorably discharged eight non-teaching coaches.<br />