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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.

  • Sheriff tells Fayette County Board about his aging fleet of vehicles with problems

    Fayette County’s sheriff told members of the county board on Tuesday that he is hoping to work with them on replacing a number of aging vehicles with high mileage in his fleet.

  • Briefs

    22/22 Challenge begins on Jan. 2

    With a 2012 study conducted by the Veterans Administration that shows that 22 veterans commit suicide each day, Northside Christian Church is inviting community members to join a national challenge at the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
    The challenge is to do 22 pushups each day for 22 days.

  • Chamber holding Cardinals Dinner

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever Cardinals Baseball Dinner on Saturday, March 4, at the Vandalia American Legion Home.
    In honor of the 35th anniversary of the 1982 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, featured guests will be Ken Oberkfell and Glenn Brummer, members of that team.
    The evening begins with a ballpark menu dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with the ballplayers at 7 p.m. The program concludes with an autograph session.

  • VPD alerts residents of new IRS phone scam

    Everyone is a target for a phone scam in which the targeted person is threatened with arrest, even the police chief.
    Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray told the Vandalia City Council on Tuesday that “people are getting hammered with phone calls” in which the caller claims to be a representative of the Internal Revenue Service.
    To alert local residents, the VPD is issuing the following release from the IRS:

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 23

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Child pornography trial nears end

    The case of a Vandalia man charged with possession of child pornography could go to the jury as early as Wednesday.

  • Bridge work close to being done

    The completion of a project that calls for the replacement of two bridges at a major intersection in Vandalia will be completed by early April, if not sooner.

  • Three TIF grants awarded

    The Vandalia City Council on Tuesday approved Tax Increment Financing agreements to help two businesses and a church with improvement projects.
    The agreements help Dennis Grubaugh with the renovation of a downtown building, The Chuckwagon with a parking lot project and First United Methodist Church with a demolition and parking lot project.
    The TIF agreement with Grubaugh gives him up to $14,900 for a project estimated to cost $29,800.

  • Deficit budget

    On the second of two votes, the only one that really mattered, the Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved a budget for the current fiscal year.
    But, because of the fact that it’s a deficit budget, many of the board members, even those who voted for it, continued to voice concerns about the county’s financial situation.
    That budget has revenues projected at $4,160,554 and expenditures at $4,660,355.17, creating a deficit of $499.801.17.