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  • Habitat takes over Nice Twice

    Patrons who enjoyed shopping for discounted clothing and household items at the now-closed Nice Twice resale store in downtown Vandalia, will be happy to know that a similar store will open here next month.
    To be operated by Fayette County Habitat For Humanity, the as-yet-unnamed store will open in the same location as Nice Twice, 418 W. Gallatin St. The former Nice Twice store was operated by Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.    

  • Committee favors new garbage pickup contract with Doty

    The Vandalia City Council’s cemetery and landfill committee agreed on Monday to support a new residential waste collection contract with the Beecher City firm that has provided that service since 1999.
    The proposed terms of that new contract with Doty Sanitation Service will be put into a contract by the city’s legal counsel, after which it will be reviewed by the cemetery and landfill committee and then go to the city council for action.

  • City OKs 2 TIF grants

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday Tax Increment Financing grants for improvements to two buildings in the downtown business district.
    Then, city aldermen – particularly the newly elected members of the council – were given a brief primer on the TIF program and discussed how the city will operate the program in the future.
    In one TIF agreement, the city is providing up to $7,500 for improvements to the building at 113 W. Gallatin St. that houses Culligan Water.

  • City OKs 2 TIF grants

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday Tax Increment Financing grants for improvements to two buildings in the downtown business district.
    Then, city aldermen – particularly the newly elected members of the council – were given a brief primer on the TIF program and discussed how the city will operate the program in the future.
    In one TIF agreement, the city is providing up to $7,500 for improvements to the building at 113 W. Gallatin St. that houses Culligan Water.

  • Farina Fourth of July Celebration is Saturday

    The village of Farina will celebrate the Fourth of July on Saturday with a celebration at the village park that will feature a variety of activities.
    The celebration gets under way at 9 a.m. with a wooden bat tournament featuring children's and adults' brackets. A food stand opens at 11 a.m., and registration for the 2 p.m. parade begins at 1 p.m.

  • Dothager reunion is Monday

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    The Herman Dothager family reunion will be held Monday in the pavilion at Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia.
    Lunch with the traditional homemade ice cream is at noon.

  • Gottman will address chamber

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will meet at noon on Wednesday in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

    A noon luncheon will be followed by a business meeting and the program. This month, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman will give his "State of the City" address.

  • Flooding Causes Sinkhole...Again

    A year after severe flooding caused a sinkhole on West Main Street at the intersection with Remann Street, a severe storm over the weekend caused an even bigger sinkhole. Employees in Vandalia's public works department were working early Monday morning to remedy the situation.

  • Backseat seatbelt law signed

    Governor Pat Quinn was joined by law enforcement officers, public safety officials and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday to sign two traffic safety measures as families throughout the state prepare for the July 4th holiday weekend.
    “Over the Fourth of July weekend and throughout the year, we must ensure our roads are safe when many of us will be traveling to see family and friends,” Quinn said.
    “These new laws are common sense measures that will help all motorists in Illinois arrive at their destinations safely.”

  • News Briefs

    SAFE tourney, luncheon on July 20

    Sexual Assault & Family Emergencies (SAFE) will hold its annual charity golf tournament and luncheon on Wednesday, July 20.
    The golf tournament, sponsored by the Vandalia Ladies Golf Association, will be held at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club, with 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. tee times available. The cost is $55 per person, or $50 if paid by July 13, and men, women and mixed teams are invited to play. The entry fee includes a luncheon buffet at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.