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  • 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.

  • Mad Dog Donations

    The Mad Dog Motorcycle Club again presented a large donation of toys to Toys for Tots at Arthur Young Inc.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Dec. 18

    ✔ 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
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    Friday, Dec. 19

  • Judge rules in Mabrys' favor; city won't appeal

    In ruling that a Vandalia ordinance governing a 1988 boat dock agreement is unconstitutional, a judge has ruled that that city law cannot prohibit Steve and Latisha Mabry from operating a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

    Judge Michael McHaney granted a motion by the Mabrys' attorney, David Cates of Swansea, to declare that ordinance unconstitutional.

  • Briefs

    FCH Board meeting is on Dec. 16

    Due to the Christmas holiday observance, the regular monthly meeting of the Fayette County Hospital District Board will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the FCH conference room.

    Monday is final day to give veterans gifts

    Next Monday is the final day to donate gifts for veterans through Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary.
    Gifts may be dropped off at Wehrle Brothers on Ill. Route 185 or Mid-State Camper Sales in Bluff City.

  • Election filing begins Monday

    The filing period for candidates who wish to take part in the April 7, 2015, Consolidated Election is Dec. 15-22.
    This election includes all municipalities, school boards, park districts, library districts and fire districts that elect representatives.
    All candidates with the exception of school board candidates are required to file petitions with their respective units of government.
    School board candidates are required to file petitions in the office of the county clerk.