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  • Treasurer suggests cutting aldermen

    One month after the Vandalia City Council changed the status of the city treasurer, saying it was a way to save money, the current treasurer made her own recommendation - cut the number of aldermen in half.

    At the end of Monday's council meeting, Marjorie Blythe said she learned this weekend that Charleston, a much larger town with a university, has only four aldermen.

    In changing the treasurer position from elected to appointed, the council reduced the salary for that post from a little more than $14,000 to $4,000.

  • City lifts burn ban

    Although the area is still experiencing some drought conditions, the recent rainfall and forecasted rain has allowed the city of Vandalia to lift the burn ban that it imposed on June 28.

    Mayor Gottman states, "Due to the recent cooler weather and rainfall we have received and in speaking with Fire Chief Ed Taylor, we believe it is safe to lift the burn ban. We still urge citizens to be careful when burning. and remind them of the criteria allowed by city ordinance for burning."

    The criteria for burning reads as follows:

  • County board talks about several financial issues

    Fayette County’s ongoing issues with its finances were discussed for a couple of reasons at Tuesday’s county board meeting.
    During a finance committee report, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the county continues to struggle with the challenge of meeting payroll without dipping into funds generated through the sale of the county’s coal rights.
    County Treasurer Rose Hoover told the board that the county did not have to take monies from the capital improvement fund for payroll at the end of July.

  • Tuesday fire guts house

    A fire late Tuesday morning caused substantial damage to a Vandalia home.

  • City to consider beer garden request

    The Vandalia City Council is scheduled to act Monday on a request for a beer garden during a special event in the downtown business district this fall.
    The request has been submitted by a group of downtown merchants who are planning a car, truck and cycle show along Gallatin Street on Saturday, Oct. 20.
    The council last week approved the closure of Gallatin Street from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on that day, and they also heard from some of the event organizers.

  • Jenne named county's E911 coordinator

    A St. Peter man who keenly knows how Enhanced 911 will benefit Fayette County residents has been chosen as the county’s E911 coordinator.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 16

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ 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.

  • Florida man guilty of cannabis trafficking

    A Florida man faces up to 60 years in prison after being convicted of felony cannabis trafficking charges in Fayette County Circuit Court earlier this month.
    A Fayette County jury deliberated only 80 minutes before returning two guilty verdicts in the trial for Luiz M. Diaz Guillen.
    Guillen was found guilty of possessing more than 5,000 grams of cannabis with the intent to deliver and cannabis trafficking, with Fayette County Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Chancey serving as the prosecutor in the case.

  • News Briefs

    City OKs bids for properties

    Meeting in special session on Monday night, the Vandalia City Council accepted bids on two city-owned tracts of land in the city's western Interstate 70 interchange.
    Rick Cripe was the only bidder for 3.104 acres of land, with a bid of $31,500. Cripe submitted with his bid the required 10-percent down payment of $3,150.

  • Second Ford show at lake is next weekend

    Organizers are gearing up for the second annual regional Ford show at the Vandalia Lake campground next weekend.