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  • Water order still in effect

    With the rehabilitation of one of its water towers completed and that tower ready for use, the city of Vandalia is back to its normal water storage capacity.
    But, because of the ongoing hot and dry weather conditions, the city is continuing its voluntary water conservation order.
    The city council on Monday night approved the final payment of $86,400 to Quality Assured Industrial Coatings of Alton for its work on the Thrill Hill water tower.

  • 'It's not a pretty sight'

    It started out so well.

  • Vandalia Lions' fireworks canceled

    In a joint press release, the city of Vandalia, Vandalia Fire Department and Vandalia Lions Club have announced Monday morning that the fireworks display that was to be held at Vandalia Lake this Tuesday has been canceled.

    Mayor Rick Gottman said, "All of us met late last week and determined that if no significant rain fell by 1 p.m. on Sunday, we would have no alternative but to cancel the fireworks display.

  • City issues No Burn order

    Due to the extremely dry conditions in the area. Mayor Rick Gottman has issued a No Burn Order for the corporate limits of the city of Vandalia.

    The order prohibits residents from any burning within the city limits.

    Although fireworks are already illegal within the City of Vandalia, citizens are STRONGLY urged to obey this restriction. All violators of this no burn order will be ticketed.

    The No Burn Order is in effect until further notice and is to ensure the safety of all citizens and their property.

  • City issues voluntary water conservation order

    With the lack of rain the past few months in the area and the extreme heat, the city of Vandalia is issuing a Voluntary Water Conservation Order. This order is for all water customers of the city of Vandalia.

    The Voluntary Water Conservation Order is a precautionary measure to help maintain water quality standards, and to lessen the mechanical strain placed on equipment at the city water treatment plant, water booster stations, and water distribution system.

  • St. Elmo board OKs co-op sports agreement

    The St. Elmo Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, June 18.
    All bills and financial reports for May were approved.
    Other action included:
    • Elementary school Principal Sean Hannagan reported that class letters will go out in mid-July.
    • High school Principal Brian Garrard reported that the summer building improvement projects are under way.

  • Art show winners announced

    The annual Amateur Town & Country Art Show and the Professional Art Show for 2012 was held June 16-24. A total of 208 pieces were entered in these combined shows.
    Amateur Town & Country Show
    The amateur adult art division was judged by Professor Jacob Amundson of Greenville College. Six artists entered 21 pieces in this division.

  • HCE holds annual meeting

    By Panzi Blackwell
    Thirty-one members representing the seven units – Bingham/Ramsey, Sefton, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Vandalia Day, Wheatland and Wright’s Corner – attended the 64th annual meeting of the Fayette County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE). The event was held Tuesday, June 12, in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church fellowship hall in Vandalia.

  • FCHD taking immunization appointments

    Fayette County Health Department is offering school immunization clinics for students entering kindergarten and grades 6-9 on July13 and Aug. 10, by appointment only.
    Children entering kindergarten usually need the following three vaccines: Kinrix, M.M.R. and Varicella.
    Students entering the sixth through ninth grades are required to have a TDaP.
    The cost for vaccine administration for children is $23 for the first immunization, then $10 for each additional immunization given that day.

  • Beekeepers group to hold meeting here Saturday

    The 2012 Illinois State Beekeepers Association’s summer meeting will be held at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus this Saturday.
    This meeting is being hosted by one of this area’s local clubs, the St. Clair Beekeepers Association.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the program runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    The keynote speaker will be Dr. Dewey Caron, emeritus professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware and affiliate professor in the department of horticulture at Oregon State University.