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  • Park board sets public hearing on alcohol request

    After getting some one-on-one feedback on a request to allow alcohol in the parks, the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners has decided to hold a public forum on the issue.
    At their meeting last week, commissioners addressed that latest request, which would allow consumption of alcohol for softball games.
    However, they emphasized that this was not the first request, with previous ones made for a special event or a family reunion.
    “I’ve talked to probably 80 people, and it seems pretty split at 50/50,” Commissioner Brian Stout said.

  • Scaled-back rail crossing plan

    While the Illinois Commerce Commission has substantially scaled down its proposal for Vandalia’s downtown railroad crossings, the city would like to see it give in a little more.
    At a work session on Monday night, Rodney Potts of John Crawford and Associates presented to city aldermen the ICC’s second proposal to make changes that would enhance traffic safety at Fifth and Sixth street crossings.

  • School board OKs bids for building projects

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday accepted bids for construction work that will allow the district to move students out of Jefferson Primary School.
    It also approved a bid for the construction of a maintenance building that will be used by the district for storage.
    The bids were approved a little less than two months after the board voted to moved kindergarten and first-grade students from JPS into Vandalia Elementary School, and to relocate fourth-grade students from VES to the junior high school.

  • Evans Library Board has plans for new home drafted

    “Who would have thought 50 years ago that this building would not be enough,” Jessica Blain, librarian at Evans Public Library, told members of Friends of the Library last week.

  • Meeting on rail crossings tonight

    The Vandalia City Council will hold a work session at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday) to review and discuss the latest proposal for railroad crossings in downtown Vandalia.

    The meeting is open to the public.

  • Fatality on rail tracks believed to be a suicide


  • Alcohol in Vandalia Parks? Vote in our poll

    The Vandalia Park District Board discussed on Thursday a request to allow alcohol at slow-pitch softball games. Park board members believe that granting that request would mean that they would have to allow alcohol on all park The properties.

    The board agreed to hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on April 16 in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.

    What's your opinion? Vote in our poll in the lower right corner of our home page.

  • Meadows re-elected chief of VVFD

    At its annual meeting in February, the members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department re-elected Keith Meadows as chief.
    Steve Stombaugh was re-elected first assistant chief, and Mark Meadows, who was elected second assistant chief when Michael Brown moved to Georgia, was re-elected to that post.
    Tom DePaolo was elected secretary, and Mark Miller, the secretary in recent years, stepped down to assistant secretary.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at Brownstown High School.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located west of Vandalia Community High School.

  • No support for 1st Responders at committee meeting

    A proposal that Vandalia’s volunteer firemen become certified as First Responders has essentially been rejected.
    Though there was no formal vote taken last Wednesday afternoon, no one attending a meeting of the city council’s public safety committee voiced support for that proposal.
    It was a proposal suggested by Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen at Feb. 16 meeting of the city council.