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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.

  • Three taken to hospital, couple ticketed following I-70 wreck

    Three individuals were taken to Fayette County Hospital for treatment, and two of them charged with offenses, following an accident west of Vandalia that closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 for several hours.

    According to the Illinois State Police-District 12, a preliminary investigation shows that a 1999 Ford Expedition driven by Bryan R. Giannini, 53, of York, Pa., was eastbound on I-70 when it crossed into the center median near the 57-mile marker, crossed back into the eastbound lanes and rolled over on its driver's side.

  • Farm Bureau's crop survey is next Monday

    Fayette County farmers will get a pretty good idea early next week on what they can expect for corn and soybean yields this fall.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau’s marketing committee will hold its annual crop survey on Monday, with teams scattering throughout the county to gather corn and soybean estimates.
    Those estimates will be pulled together to get average yields for those crops this year.
    And those estimates will likely be pretty accurate, since the Farm Bureau’s survey has been extremely close to yield figures over the years.

  • Harvest Festival improved

    While one major part of Vandalia’s fall festival has been dropped from the schedule, another popular event is taking its place.
    And, a new attraction is being added to the festival schedule.
    Due to cutbacks, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency is not holding the Grande Levée this fall.
    In recent years, the Grande Levée – a celebration featuring period crafts, art and music – has been held in conjunction with the Vandalia Tourism Commission’s Harvest Festival.

  • Another consolidation vote

    Seven years after the proposed consolidation of the Brownstown and St. Elmo school district was voted down, residents of those districts will likely again vote on that issue.
    In meetings early last week, each of the school boards in the districts appointed five individuals to a Committee of 10 that will work toward a goal of putting consolidation before voters at the consolidated election in March.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 27

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. For more information, contact Diane Curll, 283-0492.
    ✔ 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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  • Two samples test positive for West Nile

    Samples gathered last week in two areas of Fayette County tested positive for West Nile virus.
    Jodi Cyr, supervising sanitarian for Fayette County Health Department, said that first West Nile virus positive batches of mosquitoes in Fayette County were collected as part of routine testing by the department.
    “These results demonstrate the continued need for people to ensure they are protected from mosquito bites,” Cyr said.
    The mosquito samples were collected in rural Ramsey and rural Shobonier/St. Peter last Tuesday and tested last Wednesday.

  • Mayor gives info on property at Eighth and Veterans

    As Vandalia’s mayor updated council members on the downtown demolition project on Monday, he also reported on another project, one on the city’s north side.
    Gottman told aldermen that the company leasing the property at the southwest corner of Eighth Street and Veterans Avenue from Larry Mabry has bought out the lease and turned the property back over to Mabry.

  • First Day of School

    Kanon Schaal does not seem to be excited about being photographed on his first day of pre-kindergarten at Vandalia Elementary School.