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  • Council agrees to purchase fuel under contract

    The city of Vandalia will, for the first time, purchase fuel for city vehicles under contract, but the startup date for that contract has yet to be determined.
    Two weeks after South Central FS offered to sell gas and diesel to the city under contract, aldermen voted to accept that offer, but to let Mayor Rick Gottman decide when that practice will start.

  • Ray Radliff dies Thursday; services on Tuesday

    Lawrence Ray Radliff, 77, of Vandalia passed away at 9:31 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at home. 

  • Carson's Lemonade Raid is Saturday
  • Following in Edsel's tracks

    A little more than 100 years ago, Henry Ford’s son stopped over in Vandalia as he and some of his friends were on one of this country’s earliest road trips. On Sunday, a crew stopped here as they re-create that trip.

  • City plan has many projects

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a spending plan for the coming year that includes a number of capital improvement projects that have been postponed for several years.
    Not among those projects is the replacement of a bridge on Thrill Hill Road between U.S. Route 51 and Zent Drive.
    The appropriations ordinance for the new fiscal year has expenditures estimated at $9,154,165 and revenues at $9,037,639.
    The $116,526 deficit is due in large part to a deficit of $255,518 in the capital improvement fund.

  • Report on misconduct claim released

    The investigation that resulted in the former chairman of the Fayette County Board being cleared of official misconduct allegations included interviews of about 20 people.
    The investigation into County Clerk and Recorder Vicky Conder’s claim of being intimidated by Steve Knebel included interviews with most of the county board members and several county officers.
    Conder claimed that Knebel threatened to cut her office’s budget if she did not hire an individual he was recommending for a position in her office.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 23

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Fayette County Queens
  • County chairman resigns

    Saying that he was free to return to the county board after being cleared in an investigation initiated by two county officers, Steve Knebel said that he has chosen not to do so.
    Knebel, a member of the board for 12 years and its chairman for the past eight years, presented his resignation at the end of Tuesday’s county board meeting, reading a two-page prepared statement.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, July 16

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.