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  • School consolidation vote on hold

    Residents of the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts may be voting on a consolidation of the two districts, but it won’t be next spring.
    In a joint release, officials from the two school districts announced on Monday that they had not filed petitions that would place a consolidation issue on the ballot in the March 2016 general primary election.

  • School consolidation vote on hold

    Residents of the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts may be voting on a consolidation of the two districts, but it won’t be next spring.
    In a joint release, officials from the two school districts announced on Monday that they had not filed petitions that would place a consolidation issue on the ballot in the March 2016 general primary election.

  • School consolidation vote on hold

    Residents of the Brownstown and St. Elmo school districts may be voting on a consolidation of the two districts, but it won’t be next spring.
    In a joint release, officials from the two school districts announced on Monday that they had not filed petitions that would place a consolidation issue on the ballot in the March 2016 general primary election.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 24

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2-7 p.m. at the American Legion Home in Ramsey.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Local Stopping Woman Abuse office closed

    The office of Stopping Woman Abuse in Vandalia has been closed.
    Due to the state's budget impasse, Stopping Woman Abuse is not able to maintain the local office for services for the elderly and disabled.
    In a press release, they said, "We want to be sure that all seniors are able to receive the services that they need, but we no longer can provide them at the Vandalia office.

  • Cleanup Work Under Way
  • Bids come in high for pool work

    With bids coming in substantially higher than predicted, the Vandalia Park District is forced to scale back the renovation of the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool.
    But, one of the park district commissioners has an idea to rectify the situation.
    While Hurst-Roche Engineers of Hillsboro estimated that renovations to the pool would cost about $1.275 million, the three bids for the work ranged from $1.2 million-$1.5 million. But the lowest of the bids, submitted by Wolfe Construction, does not include improvements to the bathhouse.

  • Water-.69%, Sewer-6.27%

    Unless the city council takes action to prevent it, water and sewer rates will increase at the beginning of October.
    As Dale Timmermann and Tricia Elam of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. presented the city’s annual audit report on Monday, they also showed the city’s water and sewer production costs.
    That report shows that the city’s water system production costs for the year ending on April 30 were $1,777,198, .69 percent ($12,128) higher than that of the previous year, $1,765,070.

  • Panhandling law dropped due to ACLU letter

    Acting on the threat of legal action, the Vandalia City Council on Monday rescinded an ordinance prohibiting panhandling that was put on the books just three months ago.
    Mayor Rick Gottman asked the council to rescind the ordinance that states: “No person shall beg or solicit alms within the city limits except when acting as a representative of a recognized charitable organization.”

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 17

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.