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  • Taking attorney's advice, council declines request to discuss smoking law

    The owner of a bar who has been ticketed three times for violating the city ordinance on public health and safety asked the Vandalia City Council on Monday to hold off on those tickets until the court hears her arguments on the validity of that local law.
    But the mayor said city officials would not discuss such a request on the advice of its legal counsel.

  • Community Calendar-Sept. 23, 2010

    Thursday, September 23

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia will meet at noon at Days Inn.

    Friday, September 24

    ✔ The Vandalia Community High School homecoming parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the high school and travel downtown.

  • Police holding 'no questions asked' collection

    The Vandalia Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will conduct a “no questions asked” collection of pharmaceuticals and other medications that are expired, unwanted or unused.
    Residents may place the items in a box that will be in the lobby of the police department at 221 S. Fifth St.
    Police will not ask those taking advantage of the service for identification and will not attempt to identify those people in any manner.

  • Corn Day is Saturday

    The Vandalia Main Street Program is holding its annual Corn Day festival this Saturday in downtown Vandalia.
    The schedule for Corn Day is as follows:
    • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Inflatable bouncers, with $3 armbands for unlimited play available.
    • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Build-A-Scarecrow booth.
    • 11 a.m. – Little Miss and Little Mister Corn Day pageant.
    • Noon-2 p.m. – Sidewalk chalk art contest, with judging at 2 p.m.
    • 1-4 p.m. – Live music by “Charlie’s Jam Band.”

  • Firemen busy on Friday

  • School board OKs bonds for two building projects

    Though the Vandalia School Board’s regular meeting lasted only 45 minutes, the board covered a lot of ground – holding two special meetings prior to the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
    First on the agenda was a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. to consider the sale of $300,000 in school fire prevention and safety bonds to finance recent Health/Life Safety improvements in the district.

  • Council delays funds for Main Street

    Two weeks after approving funding for the Vandalia Main Street Program, the Vandalia City Council agreed to hold off on writing that check.
    After a 20-minute discussion, the council excluded a $3,750 payment to Main Street from the list of special bills.
    That discussion was initiated by Alderman Mike Hobler, who was not present at the Sept. 6 meeting when the council voted 7-0 to approve a request from Main Street for half of the $7,500 funding included in the current city budget.

  • Democrats campaign at events on Saturday

    Area Democrats gathered at two locations on Saturday evening to visit with the party’s local, regional and state candidates in November’s general election.
    The first gathering was at The Depot, where a reception was held for Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama.
    That reception was hosted by one of his campaign staff members, Andy Schwarm, a Loogootee area native and Brownstown High School graduate, and his mother, Ann Schwarm.

  • Rummaging through the Downtown

    Despite the threat of rain, the rummage sale held on Saturday by the Vandalia Downtown Merchants Co-op drew good crowds to Gallatin Street. In the first photo, some of the shoppers look through goods offered at stands in the 500 block of West Gallatin Street. In the second photo, Jake and Kristen Bowling look do some shopping at the booth operated by Meg Marquardt (shown) and Jeni Boyd. Because last week's weather forecast may have caused some potential shoppers to stay home on Saturday, the new merchants group will sponsor a downtown rummage sale again this Saturday.

  • Bar owner challenging city smoking law

    A Vandalia bar owner who has been ticketed three times for allegedly violating a city ordinance by allowing smoking in her business is challenging the constitutionality of that ordinance as she seeks dismissal of the tickets.
    According to court records, Vandalia Police Chief Larry Eason issued tickets to Lisa Doyle, who owns the Redwood Inn with her husband, Albert, for alleged violations on Aug. 12, 19 and 21. Those tickets were recently replaced with new tickets issued to G&T Holdings Inc.