https://www.leaderunion.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Pink Out at BES https://www.leaderunion.com/content/pink-out-bes <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nov8_2018_besprinc_group_0.jpg" alt="The students and staff at Brownstown Elementary School wore pink clothing and pink ribbons last Monday to honor their principal, Sherry Harmon, who had just recently been termed cancer-free after her battle with breast cancer." title="The students and staff at Brownstown Elementary School wore pink clothing and pink ribbons last Monday to honor their principal, Sherry Harmon, who had just recently been termed cancer-free after her battle with breast cancer." align="left" hspace="6" width="307" height="85" /><p> The principal of Brownstown Elementary School is thankful for the support of so many people, most of all a good friend.</p> Casting Their Ballots https://www.leaderunion.com/content/casting-their-ballots-0 <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nov8_2018_election_smiths.jpg" alt="Joyce and Allen Smith receive their ballots for the general election on Tuesday. With races at all levels, voter turnout in Fayette County was high." title="Joyce and Allen Smith receive their ballots for the general election on Tuesday. With races at all levels, voter turnout in Fayette County was high." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /> Tuesday a big day for GOP's in Fayette https://www.leaderunion.com/content/tuesday-big-day-gops-fayette <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/chris_smithp.jpg" alt="Chris Smith" title="Chris Smith" align="left" hspace="6" width="46" height="85" /><p> Tuesday was a big day for Republicans in Fayette County.</p> Sales tax hike soundly defeated https://www.leaderunion.com/content/sales-tax-hike-soundly-defeated <p> Vandalia voters overwhelmingly rejected a request from the city for a one-quarter percent tax increase.<br /> The city&rsquo;s sales tax referendum failed in all 10 precincts in being rejected, 927-538.<br /> &bull; Sharon &ndash; 0 yes, 2 no.<br /> &bull; Vandalia 2 &ndash; 85 yes, 94 no.<br /> &bull; Vandalia 3 &ndash; 34 yes, 64 no.<br /> &bull; Vandalia 4 &ndash; 59 yes, 102 no.<br /> &bull; Vandalia 5 &ndash; 49 yes, 112 no.<br /> &bull; Vandalia 6 &ndash; 142 yes, 176 no.<br /> &bull; Vandalia 7 &ndash; 127 yes, 178 no.<br /> Fayette County vote totals https://www.leaderunion.com/content/fayette-county-vote-totals-0 <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nov8_2018_election_borberly.jpg" alt="Bill Borbely, a long-time election judge, was on the other side of the table on Tuesday, casting his ballot at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center in Vandalia." title="Bill Borbely, a long-time election judge, was on the other side of the table on Tuesday, casting his ballot at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center in Vandalia." align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> UNOFFICIAL FAYETTE COUNTY VOTE TOTALS<br /> Governor</p> Vandalia City Council approves new set of TIF guidelines https://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-city-council-approves-new-set-tif-guidelines <p> APPLICATIONS<br /> &bull; All will be reviewed by TIF Administrator to ensure all information is provided.<br /> Application is also reviewed by Building Official to ensure permits that may be required and/or variances.&nbsp; This process could take up to 45 days.<br /> Will also include a site visit by TIF Administrator and Building Official prior to bringing to city council.<br /> Building Official will provide a report as to required permits and his opinion of project for committee to review.<br /> Dustin Murray appointed to school board seat https://www.leaderunion.com/content/dustin-murray-appointed-school-board-seat <p> During a special meeting last Wednesday, the Vandalia Board of Education selected Dustin Murray to fill an open seat on the board.<br /> Murray was one of seven candidates for the seat that was vacated when Chris Palmer resigned after 14 years on the board.<br /> Palmer was president at the time of his resignation, and Vice President Matt Hall was moved to the president position. Last month, the board chose Connie Goldsmith as its new vice president.<br /> Murray will join the board during a special meeting at 6 p.m. this Thursday in the administration center.<br /> Olde Tyme Christmas https://www.leaderunion.com/content/olde-tyme-christmas-2 <p> Vandalia&rsquo;s unofficial kickoff to the holiday season is this Friday night and Saturday.<br /> Olde Tyme Christmas in Vandalia is from 3-9 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday<br /> As is tradition, the Friday schedule is highlighted by the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets at 5 p.m., followed by the Vandalia Rotary Club&rsquo;s Christmas Parade at 5:30 p.m.<br /> &bull; Lighting of city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets, 5 p.m.<br /> &bull; Vandalia Rotary Club Christmas Parade, 5:30 p.m.<br />