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  • Zoning change OK'd after debate

    After the city attorney made a revision to a proposed ordinance amendment in the middle of the discussion, the Vandalia City Council approved that amendment that accommodates a new business on the city’s north side.
    That amendment was approved over the objection of one alderman who said that he believed the city had a better option available for this situation.
    The ordinance amendment allows for the sale of golf carts, compact and utility tractors and attachments, and small skid loaders in areas zoned as general commercial.

  • Special Library Program

    The summer reading program is under way at Evans Public Library in Vandalia.

    This week's special program was presented by Bill Beard, who produced animals and other figures out of balloons. The photo above shows the crowd on hand for Tuesday's program. In the photo at right, Beard explains one of his creations to the children. Next week's program, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the city parking lot, will have a circus theme.
     

  • Shriners Donate to Fireworks

    The Vandalia Shrine Club and its Tin Lizzie Patrol recently each donated $250 to the Vandalia Lions Club for the Lions' Fourth of July fireworks display over Vandalia Lake.

    Dean Black of the Lions Club (center) accepts the donations from Charlie Carroll (left), Tin Lizzie president, and Dan Yakel (right), Shrine Club president.

  • News Briefs

    Tourist Center on summer schedule

    The Vandalia Tourist Information Center, which houses the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, is now operating under its summer schedule.
    The center, located at 1408 N. Fifth St., is now open on weekends – from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and from 1-4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
    As usual, the center is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays.
    Summer hours run from Memorial Day weekend through Sept. 30.
    For more information, call the chamber office at 283-2728.

  • Fayette Water meeting is Tuesday night

    Fayette Water Co.
    As was mentioned in an article in a recent issue of The Leader-Union, Phase VI (Vandalia Lake area) is limited to homes in areas on the approved plans.
    Members of Fayette Water in these areas are the only ones shown as getting a meter.
    Anyone who is not a member and wants to be connected to Fayette Water’s system should fill out a membership form as soon as possible.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 14

    ✔ 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.
    Saturday, June 16

    ✔ A country music dance is held from 7-10 p.m. every Saturday at the old Seminary Schoolhouse south of Hagarstown. For more information, call 267-8386 or 367-1506.
    Sunday, June 20

  • Craig named to EMA post

    The Fayette County Health Department employee who works as the emergency coordinator for that agency will now also provide that service for Fayette County.

  • FAYCO seeks public's help to improve recycling program

    The recycling program for Vandalia and Fayette County has grown by leaps and bounds since it has been provided on a regular basis by FAYCO Enterprises.

  • Warning issued for senior citizens

    As the summer season approaches, incidents of crime directed at senior citizens rise.
    As a result of the warm weather construction season, offenders cruise residential neighborhoods looking for elderly people outside their homes, performing such chores as gardening.
    Once that senior is located, the perpetrator’s ruse begins.
    The offenders will lure the senior citizen into the backyard under the guise of showing something requiring immediate attention.

  • Shobonier School Reunion is Sunday

    The annual Shobonier School Reunion will be held this Sunday at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    A social gathering is at 11 a.m., and a buffet lunch is at noon.
    A short business meeting will be held at approximately 1:30 p.m.
    Anyone who attended Shobonier School, or has ties to the school, is invited to attend.