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  • Woman hurt in train-car crash

  • Fayette still in running for CO2 storage site

    The field of candidates for a FutureGen carbon dioxide storage hub has been narrowed to four, and Fayette County is among that group of candidates.
    At last Monday’s meeting of the Vandalia City Council, Director of Economic Development and Tourism JoAnn Givens told aldermen that a St. Louis Business Journal story released earlier in the day listed Fayette County as one of the finalists for a carbon dioxide storage site.
    Other still in the running are Christian County, Douglas County and Morgan County. Dropped from the competition were Pike County and Quincy.

  • Three charged with having meth around children

    Three individuals have been charged with methamphetamine offenses, including one that alleges exposing children to the manufacture of the drug.
    Niky L. Maness, Melisa S. Maness and Joshua D. Wilson were arrested early this month at a residence northwest of Vandalia in Sharon Township.
    All three have been charged with:
    • Possession of anhydrous ammonia, with the intent to use it in the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class 1 felony punishable by up 15 years in prison, or up to 30 years if the person is eligible for an extended term.

  • Church gets another chance on new home

    Just two weeks after rejecting a zoning change that would have allowed a local church to move into the former home of Rural King, the Vandalia City Council OK’d action that would make the move a possibility.
    The council voted 6-2 on Dec. 6 to deny a request to add places of worship as a permitted use in land bearing a general commercial designation.

  • News Briefs

    Fireman's Ball is Jan. 31

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department will hold the 127th annual Fireman's Ball from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. "Crazy Horse" will perform. Tickets, $5 each, are available from any firefighter or at the door.

    Civil War Era Fashion Show is Jan. 7

    A Civil War Era Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 23

    ✔ 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.

    Friday, December 24

    CHRISTMAS EVE
    Saturday, December 25
    CHRISTMAS DAY
    Monday, December 27

  • Darin, the Red-Nosed Helper

    With his nose matching Rudolph's, due to being out in the cold all morning, Darin Brown enthusiastically loaded bags of food into Christmas baskets during the Fayette County Caring & Sharing distribution on Saturday at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center in Vandalia. More than 400 baskets were distributed.

  • Vandalia School Board OKs new levy

    The Vandalia Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Tuesday approved a tax levy that will generate $3,813,270 in local taxes to operate the district in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
    Add to that another $1,418,896 for bond and interest payments, and the district’s total tax levy for the year will be $5,232,166.  

  • Alderman races in two Vandalia wards

    Residents in two of Vandalia’s four wards will have a choice when casting aldermanic ballots in April.
    As the filing deadline passed on Monday afternoon, races were formed in Wards I and IV. One four-year term is up for election in each of the city’s four wards.
    In Ward I, incumbent Bret Brosman has three challengers – Jason Paslay, Kenneth Hubler and Neil Clark.
    In Ward IV, long-time alderman Larry Cable is being challenged by B. John Clark.

  • City OKs levy, to look at making more cuts

    As expected, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new tax levy that’s 10 percent higher than the last tax extension.
    And as it did so, one alderman pointed out to the sizeable crowd present for Monday’s meeting that the city is not depending solely on more tax dollars to solve its budget deficit issues.
    The council approved the levy with a 10-percent increase a week after agreeing at a special meeting to have City Attorney Jack Johnston draft such an ordinance.