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  • VVFD public meeting is Saturday

    Both Vandalia residents and those living in areas outside the city are being encouraged to attend a meeting about the future of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday morning.

    The meeting, at 9 a.m. at city hall, will include discussions on the VVFD’s future funding and operations.

    Those attending the meeting will include Mayor Rick Gottman, VVFD chiefs and other members of a committee that Gottman appointed to study the department’s future.

  • ROE 3 receives grant for alternative education

    Regional Superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties Julie Wollerman announced that her office was recently awarded two competitive grants to assist in funding ROE 3’s Alternative Education Programs.
    A Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Programs grant was awarded to ROE 3 by the Illinois State Board of Education.
    This is a competitive grant that is awarded on an annual basis, and this is the 20th year that ROE 3 has received this grant to provide services to the at-risk students in the three-county area.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 13

    ✔ 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, September 15

  • Temporary disappearance of young child a mystery

    Local authorities are continuing to investigate the temporary disappearance of a young child in Vera on Sunday evening.
    Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay said his department received a report at about 10:30 p.m. of a 4-year-old child missing from her bed.
    Lay said other area agencies were contacted, and a search of the home and nearby area was conducted, with one Fayette County deputy estimating that as many as 60 people participated in the search for the young girl.

  • Crime spree nets 17 years

    A Vandalia man who eluded police for more than a day after a widespread crime spree in Fayette County last December has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.
    At a hearing last Wednesday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Associate Judge Allan Lolie sentenced Kenneth Weldon on charges of residential burglary, aggravated possession of a stolen firearm, four counts of burglary and three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.

  • Watching their spending

    The recent transfer of more funds in order to meet payroll is proof that Fayette County is continuing to face financial challenges.
    More proof came on Tuesday evening as the Fayette County Board acted on salaries for two county officers and benefits for all county employees.
    The board, in a unanimous vote, agreed to freeze the salaries of the county coroner and circuit clerk for the next four years.
    And while it approved the rates for employees’ dental and vision coverage, the board held off on deciding who will pay the premiums for those benefits.

  • Lions Candy Day
  • Patoka's Labor Day Celebration

    The village of Patoka offered a wide variety of activities and attractions over the weekend as part of its Labor Day Celebration.

    In the first photo, Mary Ann Hinkel calls out the numbers for bingo on Saturday afternoon. The village's holiday schedule was altered by heavy rain on Saturday; the second photo shows celebration attendees running for cover as a storm arrives on Saturday afternoon.

  • Water hike a possibility

    Vandalia residents could see their water and sewer bills increasing by about 2 percent in the coming year.
    That’s if the city council agrees to let a city ordinance automatically kick in a rate increase for water service.
    In presenting the city’s audit for the past fiscal year, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann & Co. Ltd. gave the council on Tuesday figures on the city’s water and sewer expenses for the year ending April 30.

  • Audit: City's finances improved

    By making some tough decisions, Vandalia officials improved the city’s financial situation substantially in the last fiscal year, the city’s auditor said on Tuesday.
    However, Dale Timmermann told the city council, they need to be aware that the city will have some large expenses coming in the future.
    Timmermann, who heads up the local CPA firm Timmermann & Co. Ltd., reported that the city ended the last fiscal year on April 30 with revenues exceeding expenses by $344,138.