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  • 2 festivals in 1

    For the first time in its 42-year run, the Grande Levée is not being held in the dead heat of summer.
    The period celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse, which has previously been held on Father’s Day weekend in June, will now be held this weekend.
    And, along with the period crafts, music and food that will be provided during that celebration, the Vandalia Tourism Committee is offering the town’s Corn Day Festival.

  • Deficit school budget approved

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday passed a deficit budget for the current year that shows estimated revenues of $13,712,409 and estimated expenditures of $14,837,305.
    That $1,124,896 shortfall will be covered by the district’s operating fund balance (which currently stands at $4,097,390).
    Superintendent Rich Well said that the deficit resulted from a combination of factors – a decrease of nearly $1 million in federal and state funds, and an increase in the cost of supplies and services needed by the district.

  • We Apologize

    It was incorrectly stated in last week's issue that Fayette County employees pay $400 a month for health insurance coverage. The county pays employee premiums and part of the difference for deductibles, according to County Clerk Terri Braun.
    Board member Glenn Gurtner was quoted as saying the health insurance was "a luxury." He said he was referring to dental and vision coverage.
    We apologize for errors.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, September 22

    ✔ 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, September 23

    ✔ The 42nd annual Grande Levée gets under way on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds. Schedule information appears on pages 1 and 16.

  • White offers reminders about child safety seats

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White encouraged parents and caregivers to make sure children are properly secured in appropriate child safety seats, including booster seats, as studies show the vast majority are improperly installed.
    White made the announcement during National Child Passenger Safety Week.

  • Fayette County announces tax sale

    Fayette County, as trustee, has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2007 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2008 and prior real estate taxes.
    The county will now offer for sale the real estate and mobile homes obtained to the public. They will offer approximately 13 real estate items and two mobile home items through a sealed bid auction sale.

  • City Honors Blackerby for service to DARE Program

    Mayor Rick Gottman, left, and Police Chief Larry Eason, right, represented the city in recognizing Vandalia Police Department officer Rob Blackerby for his nine years of service as the city's DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer. The city recently decided to discontinue the DARE program as part of its spending cutbacks.

  • News Briefs

    Wilkerson family benefit is Sunday
     A benefit for the Brad Wilkerson family will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. Brad and Angela (Donder) Wilkerson and their children lost their home and possessions in a fire recently.
    The benefit will include music by "Substance" and multiple gun raffles. A meal will be available, with the cost being $7 for adults and $4 for children age 10 and under; children under 5 will be served free of charge.

  • Adermann steps down as VVFD chief

    Merle Adermann, chief of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department since October 1992, has stepped down from the department's top position.

    Adermann, who was in his 37th year, as a VVFD member, retired from the department's at the VVFD's business meeting on Wednesday.

    First Assistant Chief Ed Taylor, who is in his 32nd year on the department, is the acting chief.

  • Special museum program is this Sunday

    The special exhibit at the Fayette County Museum in September is “Civil War Letters, Pictures and Artifacts.
    The letters and photographs are from museum collections, and the artifacts are on loan from Fayette County history collectors Dale Reeves and Dave Marler.
    The museum welcomed 207 visitors in August, including the Corner Stone Seniors from Shiloh and a family group from Tinley Park.
    This month’s special event, in keeping with the Civil War theme, is on Sunday in the Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.