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  • Police offer reward for armed robbery tips

    The Vandalia Police Department is looking for the public’s help in trying to solve last Wednesday’s armed robbery of a convenience store, and it’s willing to pay for that help.
    Police Chief Jeff Ray announced on Monday that the investigation into the armed robbery at Phillips 66 shortly after 9 p.m. last Wednesday is continuing.
    Ray said that a white male who had his face covered entered the convenience store alone, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the attendant on duty.

  • County revises liquor ordinance

    Less than a month after it rejected a liquor license application, the Fayette County Board voted to clean up the wording of the county ordinance for one type of liquor license.
    The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to clarify that the holder of a Class A liquor license may only sell alcoholic beverages that are to be consumed on-site.
    Board Chairman Steve Knebel said that the board’s liquor committee met with State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison and Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Ade-Harlow “to clarify ordinances.”

  • FS announces $5-million project

    South Central FS unveiled to city and county officials this week its plans for a $5-million facility at Vandalia’s northwest edge.

  • Police offer reward for armed robbery tips

    The Vandalia Police Department, through Fayette County Crime Watchers, is offering a reward of $500 to the first caller to provide information about last week's armed robbery that leads to an arrest and conviction.

    The armed robbery took place shortly after 9 p.m. last Wednesday at the Phillips 66 convenience store at 1333 N. Kennedy Blvd. Police said that a white male who had his face covered showed a gun and demanded money from an attendant.

    The suspect then fled on foot from the business.

  • News Briefs

    History book brochures going out

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society has been notified that brochures about its new book, Fayette County Illinois History & Families, will be delivered to area post offices on Friday for distribution to all residents of Fayette county.
    The brochure will include examples of family histories and directions for mailing or dropping off materials and ordering books.

    Band Boosters sells Cardinals tickets

  • Brownfields field day is next Wednesday

    In the fall of 2010, the city of Vandalia received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to locate and study properties that they believed could have possible petroleum contamination.
    These particular properties are called “brownfields” and are properties whose redevelopment is hindered because of perceived or real contamination.
    To date, five properties have been researched reviewing historical maps, property records and speaking, if possible, with former owners or their families, former neighboring properties, etc.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 9

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.

  • Streetscape work under way

    The streetscape project in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Fourth Street in Vandalia are well under way, with work delayed late last week and early this week by rain. In the photo above, Ronnie Smith tears out sidewalk in the 100 block of South Fourth Street.

  • Gift to the Clerk's Office

    Mayor Rick Gottman displays at Monday's city council meeting a photograph that was recently given to City Clerk Peggy Bowen and her staff. Gottman said that Randall Bresee had visited the office for assistance, and to thank Bowen and her staff, he enlarged and framed a photo of the Vandalia Statehouse that he had taken. Bowen is seated at the left of the photo.

  • Excerpts from 1988 lake ordinance amendment