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  • County considers insurance options

    Health insurance coverage for Fayette County employees will remain unchanged for at least one more month, as the county board considers another option.
    During Tuesday’s meeting, county board member Jenny Waggoner, a member of the board’s insurance and personnel committee, told other board members that she had checked with at least 28 companies about providing health insurance for county employees.
    What Waggoner is proposing is that the county consider joining with other Illinois counties in a HOPE trust.

  • Home confinement for Koontz denied

    A judge on Tuesday denied the request of a Vandalia man currently housed in the Fayette County Jail on child pornography charges to be released to home confinement until his trial.

  • Chamber banquet tickets on sale

    Tickets are now available for the annual Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, formerly the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The banquet is being held on Thursday, Jan. 25, in the reception room at Howie’s on Main. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed the presentation of this year’s Abe Award winners.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 11

    ✔ The Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary meeting scheduled for this Thursday has been canceled.

    Friday, January 12

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Monday, January 15

    MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

  • Library's winter reading program begins

    The winter reading program at Evans Public Library in Vandalia is now under way.
    Local students pre-K through high school are invited to sign up for the program. Every book read in January and February is a chance to win a drawing; prizes will be drawn on March 1.
    Children may sign up anytime throughout the program.

  • New Coroner
  • Recycling, county consultant in the news

    We continue with our look back at 2017 in this issue.
    JUNE
    FAYCO Enterprises set up an online survey to hear from the residents of Vandalia whether they currently uses recycling services offered locally and whether they would be willing to pay a $1.25 monthly surcharge to keep those services available. Later in the month, the city received the results of that survey, which showed that 54.5 percent of city residents were willing to pay a surcharge.

  • Thrill Hill Bridge Project Progressing
  • Council backs TIF requests

    Prior to Monday’s Vandalia City Council meeting, aldermen voted to recommend approval of two Tax Increment Financing grants, one for the full amount requested and one for half of that being requested.
    Members of the council, who will cast formal votes on those applications at their Jan. 16 meeting, agreed to recommend a TIF grant of $54,581.12 to Mark and Andrea Meadows for improvements to their ProWire home.

  • Council lowers price on old ladder truck

    During a brief meeting on Monday night, the Vandalia City Council agreed to lower the price on the ladder truck formerly used by the city’s volunteer fire department.
    The price on that ladder truck, which was purchased in 1995 and used from 1996 until being replaced in 2013, was initially $90,000, and Gottman suggested lowering the price to $75,000.