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  • First in a series of webinars on state policy is Tuesday

    Illinois is in fiscal crisis, with no easy solutions. Many tools will be needed to fix the problem, according to policy experts.
    The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox is a virtual resource center providing papers that assess policy options and frame the issues surrounding Illinois’ precarious budget situation.
    Using high quality academic scholarship, leading policy experts from the University of Illinois provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation, and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 5

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will host PACK (Pups Assisting Children with Kindness) from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are welcome to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824, or stop by the library.

  • City finally gets final bid for Gallatin work

    About four years after Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project was completed, the city has received the final bill for the project from the state.
    “It’s a little over $1 million,” Mayor Rick Gottman told the council.
    “We do have it, there is money in the bank,” Gottman said.
    However, he said, a team made up of City Clerk Peggy Bowen, Executive Assistant LaTisha Pasley and City Treasurer Alyssa Matar is going through all of the project paperwork to make sure the city pays only what it owes.

  • City blocks Thrill Hill bridge with gravel

    The city of Vandalia has taken another step toward repairing a badly deteriorating bridge north of town.

  • 1 1/2 positions for band OK'd

    Last Thursday’s special meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education began with a wide-ranging discussion between the board and the band boosters about the merits of the instrumental music program and the funding options available for it.
    That discussion reached a crescendo when a motion was made that the district would fund one full-time director, plus an additional half-time director.
    After more discussion, the board voted unanimously to approve that motion.  

  • A Hug of Thanks

    St. Elmo High School graduate Taylor Dial, hugs her mother, Terri, as she and the other graduates presented flowers to their parents during the school's commencement exercises on Saturday evening.

  • Demolish, not rehab

    Just a couple of weeks after Dennis Grubaugh’s request for funding assistance for significant repairs to the former Twisters entertainment facility was put on hold, Grubaugh said he is now planning different action.
    Grubaugh told the Vandalia City Council that based on his re-evaluation of the structure and concerns voiced by a number of local residents, he has decided to demolish the existing building and construct a new one.

  • Meeting on band future Thursday

    The Vandalia Board of Education will meet in special session on Thursday to consider the future of the district band program.
    The agenda for that meeting, which will be held at 8 p.m. in the district board room, includes a discussion of the “district band direction for 2014-15.” Presumably, that means that the public will be invited to make comments about its desires for the program.
    Then, two items are on the agenda for board action:

  • Fayette County's New Judge
  • Two face felony cannabis charges

    Two Tennessee men were in custody at Fayette County Jail after being arrested on several felony cannabis charges on Tuesday.
    According to jail records, Hieu D. Nguyen, 41, of Lakeland, Tenn., and Ricky T. Pham, 39, of Germantown, Tenn., were arrested by the Illinois State Police at milepost 136 on Interstate 70.
    Each was charged with possession of 2,000-5,000 grams of cannabis, cannabis conspiracy, cannabis trafficking and manufacture or delivery of cannabis.