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  • 'Road map of our future'

    The first step in the creation of a new comprehensive plan for the city of Vandalia was taken on Monday afternoon, with city officials and departments providing input to the firm that will develop that plan.

    Three representatives of Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets Inc. first met with department heds, then with Mayor Rick Gottman, City Clerk and city aldermen to get their input.
    The comprehensive plan, Gottman said, is a master plan that covers such things as land use, economic development, community development and infrastructure.

  • Murder arrest made

    A Mulberry Grove man was arrested for murder for his alleged role in the death of a rural Brownstown man last September.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith announced just before noon on Wednesday that David Leroy Bright, 68, was jailed on two counts on murder.
    Bright is being charged with causing the death of James R. “Jim” Skinner in Skinner’s home last September.
    Bright is expected to go before a judge on the murder charges on Thursday morning.
    He is being housed in the Fayette County Jail on $1 million bond.

  • Contests for city bicentennial logos

     

  • Caboose restoration gets under way, football Vandals make school history

    We complete our look back at 2017 in this issue.
    SEPTEMBER
    The National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia revived a popular community event, a cemetery walk in the Old State Burial Ground, where many of Illinois’ government officials and community leaders in the early years of the state and city were laid to rest.

  • Hammer sentencing may be delayed

    A sentencing hearing for a Vandalia woman charged with causing serious injury to her infant child is scheduled for next Tuesday, but it may be continued again.

  • 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.