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  • City cuts $$$ from budget

    Working together, Vandalia’s mayor, aldermen and department heads have trimmed about $170,000 from this year’s budget.
    The Vandalia City Council at last week’s meeting approved minutes from committee meetings in January, during which city officials worked with department heads in fine-tuning spending figures in the various city funds.
    The committee meetings were held as part of the city’s effort to address a deficit of about $220,000 in this year’s budget.
    The cutbacks in the various funds include:

  • Fayette hardest hit by Monday storm

    A storm that moved through Fayette County early Monday morning left widespread damage and electrical outages.
    In fact, Fayette County was hit harder than any other Southern Illinois county, according to Fayette County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Steve Koehler.
    Koehler was wrapping up on Monday afternoon his assessment of that storm, which moved through the area shortly after midnight and may have included at least one tornado.

  • Fayette loses out on FutureGen 2.0

    The company proposing the development of land in Fayette County for carbon dioxide storage is “a little disappointed” that the Loudon oil field area wasn’t chosen for the FutureGen 2.0 project.
    But the senior project manager of Willow Grove Carbon Solutions said on Wednesday that the firm will move forward with the development of the Loudon oil field area.

  • FutureGen Alliance selects Morgan County, Ill. as the site for the FutureGen 2.0 carbon storage facility

    Springfield, Ill. — The FutureGen Alliance has selected Morgan County, Ill. as the preferred location for the FutureGen 2.0 carbon dioxide (CO2) storage site, visitor center, research, and training facilities.

  • FutureGen announcement coming Monday

    Washington, D.C. – The FutureGen Alliance will announce the final selection for the FutureGen 2.0 carbon dioxide (CO2) storage site during a press conference call at 1:30 p.m. EST on Monday, February 28, 2011.

  • Community Calendar-Feb. 24, 2011

    Thursday, February 24

    ✔ 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, February 25

  • 'Nite at the Races' is Saturday night

    The Vandalia Main Street Program will hold its annual "Nite at the Races" fundraiser this Saturday evening at Vandalia Country and Golf Club.
    The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, and post time is 7 p.m.
    "Nite at the Races" features videotaped races narrated by some of the country's top-rated announcers.
    Ticekts are $20 each in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Holiday Inn Express, 21 Mattes Ave. For more information, contact Sally Emerick, 339-1552.
     

  • 'Just Dance" contest for Relay for Life is Saturday

    Family Video in Vandalia will host a fundraiser for the Fayette County Relay for Life this Saturday afternoon.
    A “Just Dance” competition will be held from noon-4 p.m. at Family Video, located at 625 W. Gallatin St.
    Local residents of all ages are invited to participate, and prizes will be awarded.
    First prize is a $10 gift card and a game discount card valued at $14.95, second prize is a $20 gift card and third prize is a $10 gift card.
    Registration at Family Video is under way and runs through Saturday.

  • FCHD open house set for March 8

    The Fayette County Health Department will hold an open house at its new facility on Tuesday, March 8.
    The health department recently completed its move into its new home, the former home of Leo Brown Lumber, at 416 W. Edwards St.
    The open house will run from 3-6 p.m. and will include tours and refreshments. "Buzz Lightyear" will be present for photos with children.
    The public is invited to attend the open house.

  • Vandalia Police will discontinue DARE

    Citing the results of recent national studies, the Vandalia Police Department has decided to discontinue its DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program at the end of this school year.
    Police Chief Larry Eason said on Tuesday that studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Surgeon General’s Office and the National Academy of Sciences concluded that DARE is ineffective in reducing drug and alcohol use among young people.