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  • Defendant, attorney are no shows

    Ryan Koontz chose not to show up on Monday as his jury trial on child pornography charges got under way. On the second day of that scheduled trial, neither Koontz nor his attorney showed up.
    Now, a new trial will have to be scheduled for Koontz, a 36-year-old Vandalia man who was charged with 10 counts of child pornography in November 2014.

  • City to consider fee for recycling

    Vandalia’s aldermen will likely be asked to vote on a $1.25 surcharge on water bills to help fund the community’s two recycling programs.
    The city council’s cemetery and landfill committee, and Mayor Rick Gottman, on Monday asked FAYCO Enterprises and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District to draft such agreements.

  • Guidelines for Vandalia's Cleanup Week are listed

    For Vandalia residents anxious to clean out their garages, basements and other storage areas, next week is the time to do it.
    Next Monday through Friday is Cleanup Week in Vandalia, with customers of Doty Sanitation being allowed to get rid of additional items along with their regular trash.
    The city’s guidelines for Cleanup Week are:
    • Unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.

  • Two new VJHS programs OK'd

    The Vandalia Board of Education approved two new programs at Vandalia Junior High School that are designed to help some students at that school begin working toward their post-high school futures.
    Using federal grant funds, After-School and Gear Up programs work jointly to provide support for those students through their high school graduation, according to VJHS Principal Brian Kern.
    “It gets them to start thinking about the future and giving them support in areas that will help them in the future,” Kern said.

  • County finance battle continues

    Two months after approving a $600,000 interfund loan to cover expenses for the current fiscal year, all of that loan money has been used.
    At the start of last Tuesday’s meeting of the Fayette County Board, County Treasurer Rose Hoover told board members that the county’s general fund had a deficit of $24,248.88 at the end of March.
    And, Hoover said, “It’s a guessing game – I don’t think we will have enough money at the end of April” to cover expenses.

  • Recycling future

    The future of the local recycling programs will be discussed during a meeting next Monday afternoon at Vandalia City Hall.

  • First Pentecostal 100th anniversary this weekend

    The First Pentecostal Church of Vandalia is inviting the public to join in celebrating 100 years of Apostolic Pentecostal Faith in Vandalia and of serving the families and friends of Vandalia since 1917.
    The celebration will be held at the church, located at 1009 W. Gallatin St., Vandalia. The hosts are the church pastor, the Rev. Victor Yatow, and Sister Diana Votaw.   
    • Friday at 7 p.m. – Speaker, Dr. David Bernard, general superintendent of UPCI in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 20

    ✔ Priority Staffing Group and the Illinois Department of Employment Security will hold a hiring event Priority Staffing, 1442 N. Eighth St., Suite B, Vandalia. It is open to veterans from 9-10 a.m. and to the public from 10 a.m.-noon. Applicants should take two valid forms of identification (state-issued photo ID and either Social Security card or birth certificate). To complete an application, go online to www.prioritystaffinggroup.com.

  • Funding fight continues

    Seventeen school districts in the state have joined together to work for school funding reform, and the Vandalia School District leadership is a key player.
    As part of that effort, the Vandalia district is among 17 in the state to file a lawsuit against the state, governor and Illinois State Board of Education last week.
    The filing of that suit comes at a time when school districts in the state are struggling to make ends meet because they are not receiving all of the funds that the state owes them.

  • Serving at-risk students

    “Very few kids ever testify in front of a legislative committee, and our kids have testified before a legislative committee.”