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  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 7

    ✔ A free seminar on synthetic drug awareness featuring Bruce Talbot will be held at First Baptist Church in Vandalia. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the seminar runs from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; to preregister, contact the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.
    ✔ 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.

  • News Briefs

    Veterans' musical in Brownstown

    The Brownstown Junior-Senior High School choir and band will present a Veterans' Day musical twice this Friday.
    "Letters Home" is a musical that follows a mother's journey through a book of wartime letters as she awaits word from her deployed son.
    Performances will be given at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

    Red Cross shelter training on Saturday

  • KC gets closer to Phase II of its Vandalia Campus

    Though the release of state funding remains a big question mark, Kaskaskia College President James Underwood still believes that construction of the second phase of the Vandalia campus could start as early as next spring.

  • City council OKs bids for ladder truck, financing

    After the chief of the city’s volunteer fire department explained why the department wants to buy a new ladder truck at this time, the Vandalia City Council accepted the low bid for such a truck.

  • VES Honors Veterans

    The hallways of Vandalia Elementary School were lined with students waving flags, saluting and shaking hands with local veterans on Tuesday afternoon as part of a day-long Veterans Day observance.

    Above, local veteran Jerry Maas is cheered and thanked by VES students. Many more photos will appear in next week's Leader-Union as part of our Veterans Day coverage. More photos will be in a photo gallery online at www.leaderunion.com, and two videos are now available on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theleaderunion.

  • Two arrested for synthetic drugs

    A little more than a week before a seminar on synthetic drugs was to be held in Vandalia, two individuals were arrested on felony synthetic drug charges.
    The Vandalia Police Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office conducted a raid on a Vandalia residence, with Louis A. Stout and Kyle W. Bloemker being arrested.
    Last Wednesday, the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed felony charges against the two men.
    Each of the men has been charged with unlawful possession, with the intent to deliver, a misbanded drug.

  • VCC inmate attacks guard

    The Vandalia Correctional Center is the latest state prison to experience an inmate attack on an officer.
    And a union officer at VCC said that the Friday evening incident is yet another example of the risks that prison workers face due to understaffing.
    Tom Shaer, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections, confirmed on Tuesday that a VCC inmate had attacked a correctional officer.

  • Nite at the Races is this Saturday
  • Fiddle contest and bluegrass show is Saturday

    The Patoka Civic Club will be hosting its 33rd annual Perry Biggs Memorial Fiddle Contest and Bluegrass Show this Saturday.
    Opening the show at 5 p.m. will be country singer Brenda Cook of Sullivan, Mo., followed by the Worthington Family Bluegrass Band. The Worthingtons are a family of 10 wonderful musicians playing bluegrass and gospel music.

  • Museum's Season of Events program on historical markers is Nov. 10 at FUM

    A survey of the mysterious, ludicrous and downright comical landmarks in the Prairie State will be presented by William Furry, executive director of Illinois State Historical Society, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.
    Furry’s presentation is the second program in the Fayette County Museum’s Season of Events.