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  • Miles among survivors at Pearl Harbor

    Lets remember Pearl Harbor, as we go to meet the foe,

    Lets remember Pearl Harbor, as we do the Alamo

    Those were the words to a song that quickly rose to popularity following the infamous date of Dec. 7, 1941, the date of the attack of the Japanese on the American ships at Pearl Harbor, which instigated the involvement of the United States in World War II.

    During that early morning surprise raid, which lasted just under two hours, eight American battleships were sunk or seriously damaged, along with 13 other naval vessels.

  • City awards seven TIF grants

    The Vandalia City Council approved seven requests for TIF (Tax Increment Financing) funds on Monday, with one of those requests drawing considerable discussion.

    The council approved a $17,400 grant for Arthur Young Inc., which plans to demolish the buildings to the west of its dealership and also remodel its building at 122 W. Gallatin St.

    After the demolition work, the dealership will use that property to display vehicles. The total project estimate is just under $50,000.

  • Five charged with cooking meth with youth present

    Five individuals, including three Brownstown residents, were charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing after a raid on a Brownstown residence last Tuesday evening.

    Those who have been charged with the Class X felony, which carries a penalty of up to 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $400,000, are:

    • Betty L. Jackson, 47, 446 S. College St., Brownstown.

    • Glendal F. Jackson, 47, 446 S. College St., Brownstown.

    • Patricia N. Barron, 18, 446 S. College St., Brownstown.

  • New health department administrator picked

    A successor to retiring Fayette County Health Department Administrator Jan Forbes has been selected.

    The health department announced on Tuesday morning that Rhonda Andrews will join the FCHD staff early in January.

    Andrews comes to the health department with several years of experience in public health, having served as the administrator of the Marion County Health Department.

    She also completed several special projects for area departments after leaving the Marion County position.

  • St. Elmo's mayor resigns; interim will be picked Thursday

    The St. Elmo City Council will meet this Thursday evening to pick a successor to Randy Watson, three days after Watson stepped down from the city's mayoral post.

    Watson surprised aldermen on Monday night when he submitted a brief letter of resignation, then left the council's regularly scheduled meeting.

    The council voted to have Alderman Jayson Porter conduct mayoral duties for the remainder of the meeting and recessed after completing scheduled matters.

    The council will recovene at 7 p.m. this Thursday to choose an interim mayor.

  • FCHD names new administrator

    A successor to retiring Fayette County Health Department Administrator Jan Forbes has been selected.

    The health department announced on Tuesday morning that Rhonda Andrews will join the FCHD staff early in January.

    Andrews comes to the health department with several years of experience in public health, having served as the administrator of the Marion County Health Department.

    She also completed several special projects for area departments after leaving the Marion County position.

  • St. Elmo mayor resigns

    Randy Watson resigned from the mayoral post in St. Elmo at Monday night's city council meeting.

    Watson reportedly read his resignation, then left the meeting.

    The council appointed Alderman Jayson Porter to serve as mayor for that meeting, and agreed to recess the meeting until Thursday, at which time it could appoint a successor.

    For more, see this Thursday's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Statehouse Open House is Saturday

    The Vandalia Statehouse's annual Christmas Open House will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. this Saturday.

    The first 100 families registering at the event will receive a handmade Christmas ornament.

    The open house is free and open to the public.

    Period music will be provide by Baroque Folk, and cookies and mulled cider will be served by members of Friends of the Old State Capitol.

  • Rhodes, Chatham crowned at BHS
  • SAFE's 'Homes for the Holidays' is this weekend

    S.A.F.E.'s annual "Homes for the Holidays"' Christmas tours will take place this Saturday and Sunday, from 1-5 p.m. each day, with tours of six buildings available.

    Included in the tours is a variety of unique homes. Throughout these homes are numerous antique family pieces, various unique collections, one of-a kind art, paint treatments and a variety of Christmas decorations.

    Stops on this year's tour are:

    • The home of Roy and LaVonda Nichols.

    • Lawinger Law Office.

    • The home of Brad and Darlene Williams.