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  • St. Elmo News Briefs

    St. Elmo Library asking for recipes

    The St. Elmo Public Library District, which includes library facilities in St. Elmo, Beecher City and Brownstown, is putting together a cookbook, and it needs the help of area residents to accomplish that task.
    The district is asking residents to submit recipes for the cookbook. Those wishing to contribute recipes may either submit them at one of the library facilities or e-mail them to sbbcookbook@gmail.com.
    Each person may submit up to five recipes.

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    All-School Reunion banquet is Sept. 22

    Reservations are now being accepted for the banquet being held as part of the Vandalia Community High School All-School Reunion.
    The reunion is held during the VCHS homecoming weekend, with the banquet set for the evening of Saturday, Sept. 22.
    A social hour with a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., and dinner is from 6:30-8 p.m.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 23

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, August 24

  • Schools to see drops in state funding

    Though the budget year is nearly two months old, the state funding picture still isn’t clear enough for the Vandalia Board of Education to approve a final 2012-13 budget for the district.
    And, according to all signs coming from Springfield, it won’t be a pretty budget when it is finalized next month.

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  • Meeting on VVFD study set for Sept. 15

    The Vandalia City Council agreed to allow a committee formed to study the city’s volunteer fire department funding sources and operations invite someone with experience in that area to a public meeting next month.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told the council on Monday that the fire department study committee will hold a public meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at city hall.

  • City agrees to work with Field of Dreams on water use

    A Vandalia City Council committee has agreed to work with the Field of Dreams Committee in a way that will allow the volunteer committee to continue its work at Vandalia Community High School ballfields.
    Field of Dreams Committee members met with the city’s water and sewer committee on Monday, saying that they didn’t know that they were going to be receiving bills for water used for the irrigation system at the VCHS baseball field.

  • Ford show will feature Boss prototype

    Fords of all models and years – as well as different makes – will be on display at the Vandalia Lake campgrounds this weekend.

  • Two men offer city 3rd water source

    The Vandalia City Council is expected to act in two weeks on a proposal for a third water source for the city.
    In presenting that proposal, two Vandalia men told a council committee that they not only offer another water source, but offer one that is cleaner and cheaper to distribute.
    Walt Barenfanger and Jeff Beckman, partners in Kaskaskia Springs Water Co., made their third presentation to the council’s water and sewer committee on Monday, saying that they are ready to submit a firm proposal.

  • Blythe: Why not cut aldermen?

    One month after the Vandalia City Council made a change in the city treasurer’s post to cut its expenses, the current treasurer suggested another cost-saving measure – cutting the number of aldermen in half.
    No one at the council table responded to her suggestion.