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  • Niemerg leaving VCHS post for job in Sigel

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Vandalia Community High School Assistant Principal Nick Niemerg, effective June 30.
    Niemerg, 32, who taught high school science for five years and has been the assistant principal for the past two years, will become principal of St. Michael Grade School in Sigel. The school has about 120 students in grades K-8.

  • Eason stepping down from police chief post

    The man who has served as Vandalia’s police chief for the past six years is stepping down from that position.

  • The Abes are returning

    Ten years ago, a city resident who has long been known as “Abe” successfully campaigned for bringing the Association of Lincoln Presenters to Vandalia for the group’s annual convention.

  • County nixes liquor license

    The Fayette County Board last Thursday rejected a couple’s request for a liquor license for a steak house they plan to operate on Vandalia Lake.
    But later, in explaining why they voted against the request, some board members said they might vote differently if the request comes before them again.
    After several people expressed how that business would affect them, the board voted 10-4 to not approve a request from Steve and Latisha Mabry for Class A license.

  • Council will discuss river intake on Wednesday

    The Vandalia City Council will hold a work session on Wednesday evening to discuss the raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.

    At the meeting, to be held at 5:30 p.m. at city hall, the council will discuss the river intake with a representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who is new to the project.

  • Eason stepping down as police chief

    The city of Vandalia has announced that Police Chief Larry Eason has asked that he not be reappointed to the post of chief when his current contract expires on May 6.

    Eason has cited medical issues as his reason for not seeking reappointment by the mayor and city council.

    Gottman said, "Larry came to work for the city in an interim capacity in March of 2007 and took over the position full-time in July of the same year.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 11

    ✔ 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 will meet at 4 p.m. at the Vandalia Airport.
    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 will hold its monthly meeting at the Legion Home. A meal is at 6 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.

  • News Briefs

    Man dies from gunshot wound

    A rural Ramsey man died on Monday from a single gunshot wound, according to Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen.
    Bowen pronounced the man, 62-year-old Kenneth Evans, dead at the scene, and said that the gunshot wound was apparently self-inflicted.
    Bowen is continuing to investigate the death.

    Band Boosters accept items for sale

    The Vandalia Band Boosters are asking for items to be donated for a rummage sale it will hold on Saturday, April 20, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Pittsburg man pleads guilty to federal charge

    On April 5, Jason Scott Byrley, 35, of Pittsburg pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Benton to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
    Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said that the conspiracy offense occurred between 2008 and Jan. 30, 2012, in Williamson, Jackson, Saline, and Franklin counties.
    Byrley’s offense carries possible penalties of 10 years to life in prison, a fine of up to $10 million and at least five years’ supervised release. Sentencing is set for Aug. 8.

  • Mulvaney gets 30 years in prison

    A Farina man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes.
    At the end of March, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm sentenced Ryan E. Mulvaney on four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
    Mulvaney was found guilty of those four counts, each a Class 2 felony, in a two-day jury trial that was completed on Nov. 17 of last year.
    Schwarm ordered that two 12-year sentences and one six-year sentence were to be served consecutively, and that a third 12-year sentence was to be served concurrently.