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  • County OKs new EMA agreement

    The Fayette County Board voted last week to continue its agreement with the Fayette County Health Department for the county’s Emergency Management Agency coordinator.
    This is the second year for that partnership, through which Kendra Craig serves as the EMA coordinator while continuing to work for the health department.
    The agreement calls for the FCHD to obtain grant funding for the coordinator’s salary, and the county to reimburse the health department quarterly for one-fourth of the EMA grant.
    Also at last Tuesday’s meeting:

  • Well assesses future school funding

    Just before its last regular meeting of the fiscal year, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday held a special meeting to approve an amended 2012-13 budget.
    Such amendments, which are permitted under the Illinois School Code, allow districts to plug in unanticipated income or expenditures to produce a more accurate budget.
    “Only a few line items were changed,” district Business Manager Lori Meseke told the board. “Revenues have come in as projected, but there will be a couple lines on the expense side that will change.”

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 20

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ American Legion Auxiliary Unit 95 of Vandalia will meet at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home. All members are encouraged to attend. Officers for 2013-14 will be elected.
    Saturday, June 22

  • Chris Smith first to announce run for sheriff

    A Vandalia man interested in being Fayette County’s next sheriff is the first to declare his candidacy for the 2014 primary election.

  • Fourth Street work nearly done; city using leftover grant funds

    The two-block streetscape improvement project in downtown Vandalia is nearing completion, and the city has discovered that the project will cost less than expected.
    On Monday, it decided to use any leftover funds for other improvements downtown in the future.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told the city council that the streetscape work in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Fourth Street is coming in under budget.

  • Lake restaurant issue going to court

    The city of Vandalia decided on Monday to have a judge decide whether a couple can legally operate a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.
    Now, the city council will meet in special session to make sure that decision is legal.
    After the council met in closed session for more than 30 minutes to discuss several issues, Mayor Rick Gottman had Don Sheafor of the city’s legal counsel report the council’s decision regarding the controversy over Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry’s plan for a restaurant on the city lake.

  • City to seek judgment against Mabrys

    The city of Vandalia has told a couple to stop its plans to operate a restaurant on Vandalia Lake.

    It has also decided to seek a court ruling on the issue.

    After meeting is closed session for a little more than 30 minutes on Monday, Mayor Rick Gottman asked Don Sheafor of the city’s legal counsel to explain that the city has asked the firm to ask for a declaratory judgment against Steve “Luke” and Latisha Mabry.

    The Mabrys are planning to operate a steakhouse on Vandalia Lake at the bridge on Ill. Route 185.

  • Reunions

    Libell
    The descendants of John Frank and Pearl (Leininger) Libell and his sister, Isaac Noah and Lela Ellen (Libell) Linton, met on June 2 at Vandalia City Park. There were 38 in attendance.

  • Shriners Thank Clinic Volunteers
  • National Road Festival is this weekend

    A festival this weekend in downtown Vandalia will offer a number of activities, as well as a chance for local residents to honor their fathers.
    The National Road Festival gets under way on Friday evening and runs throughout the day on Saturday.
    The festival kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with a supper served by the Vandals Sports Boosters. The Sports Boosters will offer a pork barbecue meal and a hot dog meal for children, with the cost being $6 for adults and $4 for children.