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  • State asks judge to reconsider case dismissal

    The Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office has filed its arguments for having a judge reconsider his decision to dismiss a case before a jury had an opportunity to reach a verdict.
    Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Duke filed at the end of last month a motion in which she asked Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor to reconsider his ruling in the Benyamin Israel.
    In 2014, Israel was charged with robbery, aggravated battery/strangling, aggravated battery in a public case and obstructing justice.

  • Looking at the library

    Within the wall of Evans Public Library in Vandalia are more than 45,000 items, including books, DVDs, audio books, magazines and microfilm. But the library has many, many other choices that it can offer its patrons.
    That’s because of the library’s interlibrary loan program, through which materials are available both statewide and nationwide.
    And, at the same time that patrons of the local library are getting books and other items from other libraries, patrons of other libraries are getting materials from Evans Public Library.

  • Vandalia's new beautification committee begins making plans

    About 25 people were on hand last Thursday evening as Vandalia’s newly formed beautification committee began discussing plans for improving the community’s appearance.

  • County in Enterprise Zone application

    The Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday documents confirming that the county wants to continue being a part of a group that can offer economic development incentives through a state program.
    The board approved an ordinance “establishing unincorporated areas within Fayette County as an Enterprise Zone,” then approved an intergovernmental agreement between the cities of Vandalia and St. Elmo, and the villages of Ramsey and Brownstown.

  • Showing Off the Pool

    The Vandalia Park District and the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff invited the public to enjoy the renovated pool with free swim hours on Saturday.

  • Bluff City Fire
  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 16

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    ✔ 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.

    Friday, June 17

  • Vandalia Historical Society Board of Directors
  • Court gives city downtown land

    About 10 months after it paid more than $250,000 for the demolition of three buildings at a major downtown intersection, the city of Vandalia is the legal owner of the land at that location.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that a court order issued last month awarded the city the property at the northwest corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

  • Beautification committee meets Thursday

    The members of a city beautification committee formed late last year is holding a meeting this Thursday evening in an attempt to get civic organizations and more city residents involved in their work.
    And on Monday, Mayor Rick Gottman announced that the funds for the project have been doubled.
    The beautification committee recently sent a letter inviting civic organizations to send representatives to a meeting at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday at city hall.