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  • 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.

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  • County maps now online

    Those who have purchased plat books for information about properties in Fayette County now  can get it online.
    Fayette County Supervisor of Assessments Cindi Lotz made a presentation to the county board on Tuesday on what she described as an “electronic plat book.”
    Lotz said a new GIS (Geographic Information System) website – fayetteil.mygisonline.com – that is hosted by The Sidwell Co. and maintained by her office provides the same maps that are available in plat books.

  • Sheriff asks county to add new post

    Some members of the Fayette County Board told Sheriff Chris Smith that based on the county’s financial position, they cannot support his request to hire someone to help him with administrative duties.
    Other members said that they might be willing to re-evaluate that request later this year, if there is improvement in the county’s finances.
    Smith asked the board to consider allowing him to hire an undersheriff, an employee who would have responsibilities similar to a chief deputy but would also have additional duties.

  • Lincoln Day Dinner