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  • City OKs, supports Eagle badge project

    The Vandalia City Council not only OK’d a Eagle badge project for a local Boy Scout that will improve Vandalia’s Little Community Garden, it agreed to support that project.

  • Coroner withdraws from November election

    In the April activity report that Fayette County Coroner David Hejl submitted to the Fayette County Board, Hejil announced that he has withdrawn as a candidate for the two-year coroner term on the November ballot.
    Hejl said that after a coroner is elected in November, or appointed afterward if there are no one is elected, he would be willing to serve as a deputy coroner, as will the three other deputies serving under him.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 26

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited.
    ✔ The 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, April 27

  • County OKs officers' salaries

    At its April meeting, the Fayette County Board set new salaries for three county officers.
    According to the ordinance, the salary for the circuit clerk under an ordinance approved by the board in September 2012 is $53,239.95.
    A salary schedule approved by the board in April 2014 sets the salaries for the county clerk, treasurer and supervisor of assessments at: first term, $54,105; second term, $55,729; third term, $57,399; and fourth term, $59,120.

  • City seeking input for comprehensive plan

    With the first two steps in the development of a new comprehensive plan, the city of Vandalia is now turning to the public for the third step.

  • Murder trial reset for August

    The jury trial for a St. Peter man charged with murder has been pushed back two months.

  • Parent visits VES classroom to honor her daughter's teacher

    Knowing that her daughter has special needs, Deanna Clark recognizes when someone goes the extra mile to give her daughter special treatment.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 19

    ✔ The Fayette County Cancer Fund will hold its second annual Survivor Dinner at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. The meal is at 6 p.m. The beef raffle drawing will be held.

    Friday, April 20

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Monday, April 23

  • County switches IT service providers

    A good part of last Thursday’s Fayette
    County Board meeting was spent explaining
    to board members the reason for switching
    information technology service businesses,
    and doing so at a higher cost.
    The board approved an agreement with
    Nathan Dothager of Dothager Independent
    IT Consulting of Effingham after hearing
    why Dothager was being recommended.
    Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis
    said that the change was being recommended
    because, “Several department heads got

  • Koontz sentencing hearing postponed

    The sentencing hearing for a
    Vandalia man found guilty on
    child pornography charges has
    been delayed.
    Ryan J. Koontz, 37, was
    scheduled to be sentenced
    on Friday afternoon, but his
    attorney, Ed Veltman, notified
    the court on Tuesday that the sex
    offender evaluation has not been
    completed, according to court
    records.
    According
    to a docket
    entry made
    in the case on
    Tuesday by
    Judge Marc
    Kelly, a status
    hearing has
    been set for