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  • Shop Local Challenge under way

    In making another plea to residents to shop locally, the city of Vandalia and Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is also asking shoppers to help them in their efforts to enhance the local business community.

  • Household waste collection is Saturday

    The Fayette County Health Department is hosting a household waste collection event this Satuday.
    During the event, held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the back parking lot of the health department, residents can take advantage of the free and safe disposal of household waste.
    The collection event is made possible by a grant procured by the health department.
    Items that will be accepted, unloaded by event personnel, include:
    • Fluorescent bulbs
    • Medicine (liquid and pills)
    • Household batteries
    • Aerosol pesticides

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  • Seeking a grant

    Over the concerns of several aldermen, the Vandalia City Council approved an ordinance that’s required to make the city eligible to receive grant funds for water line improvements.
    The city plans to apply for $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the state to help pay for 5,506 linear feet of 6-inch and 10-inch water main replacements.
    Also included in the project are eight fire hydrants, 10 gate valves and other associated appurtances.

  • Not guilty verdicts in jury trial

    A Fayette County jury deliberated for only about 45 minutes before finding a Vandalia man not guilty on two felony charges.
    Richard D. Eddy, 46, was acquitted on charges of mob action involving force and aggravated battery.
    The trial began with jury selection on Monday and ended on Tuesday afternoon. Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor gave the case to the jury at 1:46 p.m., and the jury returned with a verdict at 2:30 p.m., according to court records.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 27

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers are invited to attend.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

    Friday, September 28

  • Terms of separation agreement given

    The terms of the resignation and separation agreement between the Vandalia School District and its business manager include allowing Lori Meseke to receive a salary and benefits through next March.
    The Vandalia Board of Education approved that agreement during its regular meeting last week. The Leader-Union obtained a copy of that “confidential agreement” by filing a Freedom of Information request.
    Some of the points in that agreement are:

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  • Early voting begins on Thursday

    Fayette County voters can begin casting ballots for the November general election this Thursday, and when they do so, they will be using new voting equipment.

    Jay Bennett and Joe Filbret of Platinum Elections were at the Fayette County Courthouse to install new touch-screen voting machines and new tabulating machine.
    Bennett said that with the system, voters will insert a blank piece of paper into the voting machine and use a touch screen to cast their ballots.

  • Wine & Ale with Abe is Saturday

    The Vandalia Historical Society is for the second time hosting a fall event at the Vandalia Statehouse as it continues to raise funds for the Statehouse window restoration project.
    The second annual “Wine & Ale with Abe” is on the Statehouse lawn from noon-9 p.m.
    While the event feature wine and craft beer tasting, it also includes food from local vendors and other beverages.
    A $20 tasting fee includes 10 tasting tickets and a choice of a signature wine or pilsner glass. Tickets are available at the Statehouse.