https://www.leaderunion.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 7.34% for water, 16.92% for sewer https://www.leaderunion.com/content/734-water-1692-sewer <p> After not putting in any increases for water and sewer for three years, the Vandalia City Council on Monday decided to add increases that mirror the expenses for those services in the past year.<br /> The council voted 6-1 on Monday to increase the water rates by 7.34 percent and sewer rates by 16.92 percent.<br /> Aldermen Bret Brosman (water and sewer committee chairman), Andy Lester, Joel Rebbe, Russ Stunkel, Steve Barker and Ken Hubler voted for those increases, and Mike Hobler cast the lone dissenting vote; Dorothy Crawford was not present for the meeting.<br /> VCHS student appointed to state council https://www.leaderunion.com/content/vchs-student-appointed-state-council <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sept19_2019_leo_krueger.jpg" alt="Leo Krueger" title="Leo Krueger" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p> A Vandalia Community High School student is not only a new member of the Illinois State Board of Education&rsquo;s Student Advisory Council, he is the only sophomore among its members.</p> Crop survey shows 165.7 yield for corn, 47.5 yield for beans https://www.leaderunion.com/content/crop-survey-shows-1657-yield-corn-475-yield-beans <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sept19-2019_cropsurvey_schaal.jpg" alt="David Schaal, chairman of the Fayette County Farm Bureau&#039;s marketing committee, talks about the results from this year&#039;s crop survey during a dinner held that evening at the Farm Bureau&#039;s research center south of Brownstown." title="David Schaal, chairman of the Fayette County Farm Bureau&#039;s marketing committee, talks about the results from this year&#039;s crop survey during a dinner held that evening at the Farm Bureau&#039;s research center south of Brownstown." align="left" hspace="6" width="79" height="85" /><p> As could be expected, due to unfavorable planting and growing conditions, Fayette County farmers will likely see lower corn and soybean yields this harvest season.</p> Out of Darkness Walk https://www.leaderunion.com/content/out-darkness-walk-0 <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sept19_2019_outofdarkness.jpg" alt="The annual Out of the Darkness Walk was held on Saturday morning at the Vandalia Lake campground. The walk provides fundraising for suicide prevention, a group of individuals offering support to each other and a memorial to remember those lost to suicide. " title="The annual Out of the Darkness Walk was held on Saturday morning at the Vandalia Lake campground. The walk provides fundraising for suicide prevention, a group of individuals offering support to each other and a memorial to remember those lost to suicide. " align="left" hspace="6" width="167" height="85" /> Calendar https://www.leaderunion.com/content/calendar-360 <p> Thursday, September 19<br /> <br /> ✔ A women&#39;s Bible study will be held on Thursdays from Aug. 22-Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m., at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St. (west of Sunset Drive), Vandalia. It is a DVD Bible study with Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore. All women are invited. For more information, call 283-1970.<br /> ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia invites all women to its business meeting at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP with Janice Hejl at janice.hejl.com or 322-6538.<br /> <br /> Sheriff's Arrest Log https://www.leaderunion.com/content/sheriffs-arrest-log-367 <p> &bull; Jessie M. Knight, 34, 239 N. West St., Brownstown, was arrested on Sept. 17 on a charge of driving while license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $2,500.<br /> &bull; Cortez J. Rodriguez, 24 1824 N. Jefferson St., Apt. 1, Vandalia, was arrested on Sept. 16 on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was $1,000.<br /> &bull; Robert L. Delp, 51, homeless, was arrested on Sept. 17 on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. No bond information was listed.<br /> County-wide meeting on marijuana sales planned https://www.leaderunion.com/content/county-wide-meeting-marijuana-sales-planned <p> Representatives of governmental entities met last week to discuss the possible sale of marijuana in the county.<br /> Now, they plan to hear from residents of the county.<br /> Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday&rsquo;s city council meeting that he met with mayors in other communities in the county and representatives of the county board to discuss the sale of cannabis.<br /> &ldquo;They knew I was going to do a task force and they recommended a county-wide meeting,&rdquo; Gottman said.<br /> Marriage Licenses https://www.leaderunion.com/content/marriage-licenses-130 <p> The following marriage license applications were filed in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder:<br /> Johnny Scott Hale<br /> Vandalia<br /> Heather Christine Lawrence<br /> Vandalia<br /> ---<br /> Grant Joseph West<br /> Beecher City<br /> Kenda Marie Martin<br /> Beecher City<br /> ---<br /> Elden Eugene Hicks<br /> Vandalia<br /> Lola Jane Rhodes<br /> Brownstown<br /> ---<br /> Aaron Lee Austin<br /> Brownstown<br /> Priscila Fontes Mizuno<br /> Brownstown<br /> ---<br /> Eric Jason Seabaugh<br /> Brownstown<br />