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  • City OKs bid for more streetscape work

    A Highland firm which was one of the major players in streetscape improvements for four blocks in downtown Vandalia has been picked for similar improvements in a fifth block.
    Mettler Development of Highland submitted the lowest of six bids that the city received for streetscape improvements on Gallatin Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.
    Lorne Jackson of HMG Engineers of Carlyle, the project engineer, produced the bid tabulations, which included Mettler’s bid of $346,563.37.

  • McCarter will address chamber

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter will be the speaker at next Wednesday's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa. A luncheon is followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • Evans takes oath of office in 102nd District

    With family, friends and supporters looking on, Paul J. Evans took the official oath of office last Friday, becoming the new State Representative for the 102nd District.

    With his right hand raised and left hand on the Holy Bible, Evans was sworn in by the Hon. Judge George C. Lackey from the Circuit Court of Marion County.

  • Lions Candy Day

    The proceeds of the candy sale will be used for the Lions Club's sight and hearing programs.

  • Community Calendar (Sept. 1)

    Thursday, September 1

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.

  • Prairie Tractor

    More Prairie Days photos appear on Page 8B of the Sept. 1, 2011 issue, and more will be online at www.leaderunion.com later this week.

  • New teachers' contract approved

    One week after teachers in the Vandalia district approved a new one-year contract, the Vandalia Board of Education at a special meeting on Wednesday also OK’d the pact.

    Both sides agreed to a contract that gives teachers a 2 percent raise and offers more options for health insurance. Though no increase was granted in the benefits package to cover additional health insurance premiums, the district made available two higher-deductible plans that will lower teachers’ premium payments. The teachers previously had only two plans from which to choose.

  • Denny's Opens

    The new Denny's Restaurant opened in Vandalia last Sunday evening.

    Owner/manager Dave Behrends, shown above, said that the opening of the 24-hour restaurant went smoothly. The 3,500-square-foot restaurant seats 132 customers either in booths or at  the counter. It is located next to the Fast Stop Travel Center at the western I-70 interchange. Nationally, Denny's has more than 1,550 restaurants

  • Just a Swingin'

    Lexi Supp enjoys one of the rides at the carnival offered late last week by Historical Vandalia.

  • Fire destroys Hagarstown area home

    A fire believed to be electrical in nature destroyed a home near Hagarstown early last Wednesday morning.
    Vandalia firefighters were called to the home of the Brad Wilkerson at midnight.
    Upon their arrival, firefighters found the home to be fully involved in flames.
    Fire officials said the fire appeared to have started in a laundry area and spread to a stairway.
    Fifteen Vandalia firefighters responded to the call. Firefighters from the Mulberry Grove and Keyesport fire protection districts provided mutual aid assistance.