http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Another consolidation vote http://www.leaderunion.com/content/another-consolidation-vote <p> Seven years after the proposed consolidation of the Brownstown and St. Elmo school district was voted down, residents of those districts will likely again vote on that issue.<br /> In meetings early last week, each of the school boards in the districts appointed five individuals to a Committee of 10 that will work toward a goal of putting consolidation before voters at the consolidated election in March.<br /> Harvest Festival improved http://www.leaderunion.com/content/harvest-festival-improved <p> While one major part of Vandalia&rsquo;s fall festival has been dropped from the schedule, another popular event is taking its place.<br /> And, a new attraction is being added to the festival schedule.<br /> Due to cutbacks, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is not holding the Grande Lev&eacute;e this fall.<br /> In recent years, the Grande Lev&eacute;e &ndash; a celebration featuring period crafts, art and music &ndash; has been held in conjunction with the Vandalia Tourism Commission&rsquo;s Harvest Festival.<br /> Farm Bureau's crop survey is next Monday http://www.leaderunion.com/content/farm-bureaus-crop-survey-next-monday <p> Fayette County farmers will get a pretty good idea early next week on what they can expect for corn and soybean yields this fall.<br /> The Fayette County Farm Bureau&rsquo;s marketing committee will hold its annual crop survey on Monday, with teams scattering throughout the county to gather corn and soybean estimates.<br /> Those estimates will be pulled together to get average yields for those crops this year.<br /> And those estimates will likely be pretty accurate, since the Farm Bureau&rsquo;s survey has been extremely close to yield figures over the years.<br /> Calendar http://www.leaderunion.com/content/calendar-180 <p> Thursday, August 27<br /> <br /> ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. For more information, contact Diane Curll, 283-0492.<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's Newest Police Officer http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalias-newest-police-officer <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aug27_2015_redman_police.jpg" alt="Vandalia&#039;s newest police officer, Blaine Redman (left), recently graduated from the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy. Above, Deputy Director Bill Sax presents Redman with his diploma." title="Vandalia&#039;s newest police officer, Blaine Redman (left), recently graduated from the Southwestern Illinois Police Academy. Above, Deputy Director Bill Sax presents Redman with his diploma." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /> Three taken to hospital, couple ticketed following I-70 wreck http://www.leaderunion.com/content/three-taken-hospital-couple-ticketed-following-i-70-wreck <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sept3_2015_i70_wreck.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Three individuals were taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment, and two of them charged with offenses, following an accident west of Vandalia that closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 for several hours.</p> <p> According to the Illinois State Police-District 12, a preliminary investigation shows that a 1999 Ford Expedition driven by Bryan R. Giannini, 53, of York, Pa., was eastbound on I-70 when it crossed into the center median near the 57-mile marker, crossed back into the eastbound lanes and rolled over on its driver&#39;s side.</p> Vandal alum selected as new CG-B coach http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandal-alum-selected-new-cg-b-coach <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aug27_2015_doehring_blake_0.jpg" alt="Blake Doehring scored more than 1,000 points in his Vandal basketball career. " title="Blake Doehring scored more than 1,000 points in his Vandal basketball career. " align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> Stout with high expectations despite loss of Nestleroad http://www.leaderunion.com/content/stout-high-expectations-despite-loss-nestleroad <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/2014nestleroadcover_1.jpg" alt="Collin Nestleroad was a dangerous dual threat in 2014 with a combined 1,961 yards and 23 touchdowns leading the Vandals to a 5-5 record. " title="Collin Nestleroad was a dangerous dual threat in 2014 with a combined 1,961 yards and 23 touchdowns leading the Vandals to a 5-5 record. " align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p>