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  • Five file for city council

    Five individuals, including three incumbents, have filed to run for city council seats in Vandalia.
    But no one has expressed an interest in the aldermanic seat that is currently vacant.
    City Clerk Peggy Bowen reported on Monday afternoon that those filing nominating petitions for the April consolidated election include incumbents Neil Clark in Ward I, Russ Stunkel in Ward II and B. John Clark.
    At this time, Neil Clark is the only one of the three incumbents to face opposition, with Kenneth Hubler and Christine Helinski also filing nominating petitions.

  • Tours reminds Well of OAVC's purpose

    Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook a gem that area students are offered through a center administered by the Vandalia School District.
    “Looking around from the outside, you just don’t get a feel for what the programs we are able to offer (inside),” Superintendent Rich Well said at last week’s meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.
    Well talked about the value of the Okaw Area Vocational Center after assisting Okaw Director Nick Casey in leading a group from Shelbyville on a tour of the center earlier in the day.

  • Caring & Sharing

    More than 30 years after she was part of a group that provided Christmas baskets for less-fortunate residents of this area, Marlys Hayner is still surprised at the generosity of local people.

  • Sheriff's Shop with a Cop

    The Fayette County Sheriff's Office held its first Cop with a Shop on Saturday at Walmart, with other law enforcement officials joining them.

    Sheriff Chris Smith said that his department raised $3,100 and was able to take eight families, with 16 children total, shopping on Saturday. Those assisting the children in shopping were Smith, county deputies Sherri and Ted Miller, and Ed Durbin; Jail Administrator J.D. Vieregge; State's Attorney Joshua Morrison; St. Elmo police officer Steve Flood; and Illinois State Police officer Steve Tarter.

  • Calendar

    Wednesday, Dec. 24

    .✔ First Christian Church, located at Fifth and Randolph streets in Vandalia, will hold a candlelight Christmas service at 7 p.m. The public is invited.

    Thursday, Dec. 25

    CHRISTMAS DAY
    .✔ Northside Christian Church, located at 1845 W. Jackson St. in Vandalia, will host a free Christmas dinner, with serving from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.. The dinner is for anyone who otherwise would be alone on Christmas. Those planning to attend are asked to contact the church in advance, 283-1970.

  • Holiday Weekend at Statehouse

    Prior to the start of the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse on Saturday night, Statehouse volunteer Linda Hanabarger, left, talks to Christina Pennington, one of the local Girl Scouts volunteering at the open house, about the history of the old state capitol.

  • Lake House wins in court

    The owners of The Lake House have won a court battle that allows them to continue operating their restaurant on Lake Vandalia.
    And the city will allow that victory to stand without a fight.
    Six days before a jury trial was set to begin, a judge has ruled unconstitutional an ordinance that the city argued prohibits Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry from running a restaurant on the lake.

  • City closer to a third water source

    Two local men who have been working for about six years to provide Vandalia with a third water source are getting closer to meeting that goal.
    Walt Barenfanger of Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that he and his partner, Jeff Beckman, recently received Illinois Environmental Protection Agency approval on their permits for three wells.
    “The next permit we need is the operating permit, and, hopefully, that’s the last permit that we need,” Barenfanger told the council.

  • Liberty Utilities breaks ground for new facilities

    The need for more space to house equipment and a desire to improve customer service are among the reasons that a utility company with a local office is building a new home.

  • Shop with a Cop

    Chief Jeff Ray and the Vandalia Police Department conducted its first Shop with a Cop this year, taking 11 children shopping for Christmas on Sunday (first photo).

    Volunteering with Ray were officers Jake Bowling, Rob Blackerby, Darrell Glore, Brian Roedl and Rob Thompson. Donations for the new program totaled $3,452. In the second photo, Jim Pryor and other members of Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE donate $1,000 for Shop with a Cop. The chapter holds fundraisers for this and other programs in the area.