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  • Gottman, Stout file for mayor

    It’s official – Vandalia will have a mayoral race in April.
    Rick Gottman, who will seek a fourth mayoral term in the spring, was among the municipal candidates turning in petitions as the filing period for the April election began on Monday.
    Petitions for the spring elections are being accepted through the end of the day on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
    Also filing for the mayoral race on Monday was Brian Stout, who announced in August his plans to run for the city’s top office.

  • School officials began talks on possible cuts

    The Vandalia Board of Education, at a two-hour retreat prior to its monthly meeting on Tuesday, began laying the groundwork for potential cuts in the district’s 2013-14 budget.
    Though Superintendent Rich Well characterized the retreat as a “number-crunching” meeting, he emphasized that no specific cuts have been discussed or determined.
    “We’re still in the conversation mode,” he said following the school board meeting. “After the first of the year, we’ll start making specific plans.

  • School security reviewed

    In the wake of last Friday’s shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, Vandalia school officials are reviewing their security practices and emergency procedures.
    “It certainly produces a heightened sense of urgency about the dangers,” said Superintendent of Schools Rich Well. “It makes you realize that we’re as vulnerable as the next school.”
    Law enforcement officials in Newtown, Conn., are still trying to piece together a motive that caused 20-year-old Adam Lanza to kill 26 people – 20 of them children.

  • City delays action on water pact

    Vandalia aldermen decided to postpone action on a possible third water source for the city after hearing concerns from several people living just outside the city.
    The city council tabled an agreement with Kaskaskia Springs Water Co. after a public hearing caused aldermen to look at a possible addition to that agreement.
    During the public hearing, several people living in the Thrill Hill area told city officials that they are concerned that two wells drilled by Kaskaskia Springs could cause their private wells to go dry.

  • Mad Dogs Break Toys for Tots Donation Record
  • Filing period for April election extended to Dec. 26

    Individuals who are still debating whether to run for a municipal, park district or library district seat now have two more days to mull over their decision.
    Originally, the filing period for those seats was to run from next Monday through the end of the day on Monday, Dec. 23.
    But Vandalia City Clerk Peggy Bowen told the city council last week that city clerks throughout Illinois successfully lobbied to have the final filing date changed.
    Now, potential candidates have until the end of the day on Dec. 26 to file their petitions.

  • Hearing on proposed water pact is Monday

    As Vandalia officials have negotiated with a local partnership on a possible third water source for the city, some local residents have expressed concerns about that partnership affecting their water sources.
    In light of the concerns about a partnership with Kaskaskia Springs Water Co., city officials have set a public hearing on the issue.
    That public hearing has been set for 6 p.m. on Monday at Vandalia City Hall. While it is scheduled as a committee meeting, Mayor Rick Gottman has urged all aldermen to be present.

  • Knebel retained as chairman

    The makeup of the Fayette County Board did not change as a result of the November general election. And now, neither has its leadership.

  • CEFS taking emergency food, shelter applications

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive $10,669 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

  • ABATE Food & Toy Run

    The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE recently continued its tradition of collecting food and toys for those who wil need them at Christmas.

    This year, ABATE members caravaned three vans full of food and toys to Coffeen Free Methodist Church. The food will be used to restock the Coffeen Food Pantry, and the toys will be delivered among four Coffeen churches.

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