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  • Restructuring OK'd for Brownstown School District

    Following the resignation of the principal at its elementary school, the Brownstown School District has moved forward with some restructuring that has its other administrators pulling double duty.
    After the resignation of long-time Brownstown Elementary School Principal Angela Reeter (see separate stories), the district spread those principal duties between the district superintendent, Adam Bussard, and its junior-senior high principal, Mike Shackelford.

  • County makes another fund loan

    The Fayette County Board has continued to transfer funds to meet the county’s financial obligations, and to look at possible ways to alleviate the need to make such transfers.
    While the board on Tuesday approved another loan of up to $250,000 from the county’s capital improvement fund to its general fund, numerous board members said they don’t like doing it. But, they added, there’s really no other option at this time.

  • Council OKs 3 TIF grants, reads license requests

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday three Tax Increment Financing grants and conducted the first readings of two requests for liquor licenses that allow gaming operations.
    Two of the TIF grants are assisting with the startup of new businesses, both coffee shops, and the third is for a building currently housing a business.

  • Pipeline restoration work well under way

    The Southern Access Extension Pipeline Project was successful in achieving its December 2015 in-service date. Restoration, which is the final phase of the project, is under way and will continue through the end of summer 2016.
    Restoration crews are preparing to return the right of way to conditions established under landowner agreements and regulatory agencies.
    The Illinois Extension Pipeline Co. has been assessing soil conditions and other environmental considerations to optimize successful restoration.

  • Scarpaci Foundation Board awards grants to 17 groups

    The Scarpaci Foundation Board of Directors has selected 17 organizations to receive funding totaling $40,225.
    The Board received grant requests from many local causes.  Those chosen were:
    • Evans Public Library
    • Family YMCA of Fayette County
    • Fayette County Emergency Management
    • Fayette County Health Department
    • Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care
    • Kaskaskia College
    • Operation OUTING
    • OUR PLACE Youth Center
    • SAFE

  • Blackerby named assistant PD chief

    After lengthy discussions about Police Chief Jeff Ray’s recommendation that the city create a second-in-command officer position, the Vandalia City Council took that action.

  • City splits duties, fills building, code posts

    Having made the decision to split up the duties of Vandalia’s current code official into two position, city officials filled those positions within the past week.
    The council also discussed filling the position of city administrator.
    The action to fill the building/zoning official and code enforcement officer positions comes within about a week of the retirement of Keith Meadows, the city’s code official since mid-2002.

  • Helmet maker leasing part of local building

    A company that provides football helmets at all levels of competition, including the National Football League, will be moving part of its operation into Vandalia.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that Schutt Sports has acquired 20,000 square feet of the 60,000-square-foot building that formerly housed Statewide Tire.

  • Kidnapping bond $500,000

    A Farina man charged with illegally taking his son into custody is being housed in Fayette County Jail on $500,000 after being charged with aggravated kidnapping.

    Darrel K. Moulton, 34, was arrested by authorities at his home in the Loogootee area shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday, more than seven hours after he allegedly took his son from a Vandalia residence without legal authority and an Amber Alert was issued.

  • Workshop on soil health next Monday in Altamont

    Local farmers wanting to learn more about ways to improve the health of their soil can attend a workshop next Monday at the Carriage House Event Center in Altamont from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    The Soil Health Partnership event, sponsored jointly by the Effingham County Soil and Water Conservation District and NRCS, will focus on how improving soil health can create lasting economic and environmental benefits.