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  • Well gives rundown on school finances

    With the district’s annual budget hearing pushed back to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday dealt with a light agenda at its regular monthly meeting.
    Superintendent Rich Well reported that the district “has a lot of money going out right now” in first-of-the-year expenditures, but he did note that the first installment of property tax revenues has arrived. Those revenues, however, came in after Sept. 1, so they were not reflected in the current financial statements for the month ended Aug. 31.

  • Code official leaving

    The city of Vandalia will begin a search for a new code official, one that the mayor hopes will not take long to complete.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that Keith Meadows will be stepping down as code official in the near future.
    Gottman said that Meadows, who has served as the city’s code official for a little more than 11 years, will be moving with his wife, Anita, to Missouri, to be near their daughter and new grandchild.

  • Pool-saving efforts continue

    The Vandalia Park District Board agreed last week to take the first step toward substantial improvements to the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool.

  • News Briefs

    Museum's Season of Entertainment set

    Historical Vandalia's 2013-14 Season of Entertainment schedule is as follows:
    • Sunday, Sept. 22 – Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon will perform as Clara Barton in telling how Barton's work led to the development of the American Red Cross.
    • Nov. 10 – Historical Markers of Illinois will be presented by William Furry of Springfield, executive director of the Illinois State Historical Society.
    • March 30, 2014 – Dr. Kevin Childers will perform as Pontious Pilate.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 12

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ The monthly meeting of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will be held at the Legion Home. The meal is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • Nadine Returns

    Nadine of Larry's Country Diner on RFD TV (first photo) returned to Fayette County on Saturday, making her third appearance at a fundraiser for the Brownstown Branch Library.

    This time, Nadine brought with her country music stars Joey and Rory (second photo). In the third photo, some of the 400-plus people at the afternoon show applaud the performance of the husband-and-wife duo. In the fourth photo , Connie Bingaman enjoys the humor of Nadine; Connie and her husband, Fred, have arranged for the RFD stars to come to town the past few years.

  • City taking bids for sidewalk work

    The city of Vandalia is ready to take on what it hopes is only the first round of sidewalk replacements.
    The city council agreed last week to seek bids for the replacement of sidewalks at nine locations in town:
    • The area of 627 W. Jefferson St., on Jefferson and North Seventh streets.
    • 1028 N. Sixth St.
    • 500 block of North Fifth St., east side.
    • Between 331 and 403 N. Eighth St., west side.
    • 1415 W. St. Louis Ave.
    • 802 N. Sixth St.
    • 506 S. Sixth St.

  • Fundraiser Facepainting

    Jensen Hollinshead, right, has her face painted by Julianna Berg at the barbecue fundraiser held for Fayette County Extension on Saturday evening in Rogier Park in Vandalia.

  • Joneses enjoy working with young people

     Matt and Misty Jones are excited about an upcoming youth event at the Family Worship Center. They have been at the Family Worship Center for four years, serving as youth pastors for past 2 1/2 years.
    Meet Matt and Misty Jones, a very nice young couple dedicated in their calling to work with youth.

  • Schaal announces candidacy for county clerk

    A Farina woman has decided to run for Fayette County clerk and recorder, meaning that there will be a contest for that post in 2014.
    Barb Schaal, a Republican, announced on Monday evening that she will run for the post now held by Democrat Terri Braun, who will retire next year.