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Today's News

  • Marsha Wodtka retiring

    Marsha Wodtka has served as Fayette Countys circuit clerk for close to three decades. Now that shes reaching retirement age, shes ready to turn the reins over to someone else and enjoy time with her family.

    Wodtka, who is completing her seventh four-year term as circuit clerk, submitted her resignation to the Fayette County Board on Tuesday night. Her retirement is effective at the end of July.

  • Schools' state money is expected soon

    Though Gov. Rod Blagojevich said three weeks ago that he would release funds to complete the states last two school aid payments of this fiscal year, local school districts have yet to seen any of that funding.

    However, a development Wednesday morning may indicate that funding is on the way.

    The money hasnt been released yet, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told The Leader-Union, but weve been notified that it has been vouchered.

  • Area Community Calendar

    Thursday, June 12

    eoe" TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Tami Washburn at 283-4664.

    Friday, June 13

    eoe" The 40th annual Grande Leve gets under way at the Vandalia Statehouse. A complete schedule of the period celebration appears on page 14 of this issue.

  • Grande Levee is this weekend

    The 40th anniversary of the Grande Levee will be celebrated this weekend at the Vandalia Statehouse. A schedule of this weekend's period celebration is included with this article.

  • Wodtka to retire from circuit clerk's post

    The Fayette County Board is scheduled to receive the resignation of the county's longtime circuit clerk at its regular meeting this Tuesday.

    According to the agenda prepared by County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, the board will be asked to approve the resignation of Marsha Wodtka.

    In her letter to Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, Wodtka said, "I feel this is a good time to retire, so I can devote more time and energy to my family."

  • "Vandalia In Bloom" nominees listed; voting deadline is Monday

    The following homes have been nominated in the City of Vandalias Vandalia In Bloom promotion. The contest is designed to recognize area citizens hard work on the landscaping around their home.

    Six winners will be selected by a panel of judges. However, the public will be allowed to vote in a Peoples Choice category. To vote, see the ad on page 14 of the June 5 issue of The Leader-Union. Deadline for voting is Monday, June 9, at 8:30 a.m.

    For more information, call JoAnn Givens at the Vandalia City Hall, 283-1152.

    Dee DePew

    Bluff City

  • Taking a look back at the top prep sports stories of the past school year

    When looking back on the 2007-08 school year, I will remember three things:

    Lot's of long road trips. Even longer hours in the office.

    And that - in the end - it was all worthwhile.

    Just one glance at the images above and the list of the top 10 sports stories from the 2007-08 school year convinced me of that.

    A vast majority of the most memorable stories from this past prep sports season were marked by two ingredients that makes sports so enjoyable to me: the element of surprise, and the joy that comes along with exceeding expectations.

  • Merchants must save parking for customers

    Sometimes, you wonder why a municipality keeps a law on the books that it doesnt enforce. Vandalia Alderman Jerry Swarm does, too.

    At Mondays meeting of the Vandalia City Council, Swarm said it bothers him that some downtown merchants use parking spaces that would be better used by their customers. It upsets him so much that he asked to get rid of the ordinance that limits parking along Gallatin Street downtown to two hours.

  • Many changes in Shobonier since 1844

    Shobonier, the only town in Kaskaskia Township, was established as a timber town in about 1844.

    It is located in Section 16, the School Section, and the first to buy lots here in 1851 were James Albert, Francis, J. Brown, Stephen Hopkins and George Willet.

    The survey of Shobonier by James R. Oliver was filed with the county as a permanent record on Nov. 20, 1859. The original town was on the west side of the railroad. Three additions, Blackman, Metzger and William Lee, have been made to the town since its beginning.

  • St. Elmo's disc golf course off to a good start

    If Saturday's grand opening of the Eagle Point Disc Golf Course is any indication, St. Elmo's mayor has succeeded in coming up with a new community attraction that people of all ages can enjoy.

    Mayor Jayson Porter estimated that more than 200 people turned out for the grand opening, with many of those playing the new disc golf course that is laid out over close to 26 acres at Lake Nellie north of town on the St. Elmo blacktop.