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  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 4

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites all women and young ladies to its business meeting at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse. All guests are welcome to purchase lunch, if they wish. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl at janice.hejl@gmail.com or 322-6538.

    Friday, October 5

    ✔ The Fayette County Health Department will hold a children and family flu clinic for children and their parents only. By appointment only; call 283-1044, to make an appointment.

  • Applications taken for school board seat

    Applications are being accepted through next Tuesday afternoon for an open seat on the Vandalia Board of Education.
    The vacancy has been created by the resignation of Chris Palmer, who was serving as the president of the school board at the time of his resignation, which was effective on Monday.

  • 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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