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  • Evans Library adds services on website

    Evans Public Library in Vandalia has expanded its services with audiobooks, eBooks and music available to download from the library's website.
    Library card holders can check out and download digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting www.epl.lib.il.us.
    Users may browse the library's website, check out with a valid library card and download to PC, Mac and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software for audio books, musicc and video: OverDrive Media Console.
    To read eBooks, users will need Adobe Digital Editions.

  • VVFD Uses Donations

  • Residence destroyed in Friday fire

    A rural Vandalia home was destroyed by fire last Friday morning.
    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to the Brice Summers residence south of Vandalia, on Hobler Hill off of Carlyle Road, at 8:27 a.m.
    When they arrived at 8:30 a.m., firefighters discovered the residence – two mobile homes that were attached – was fully involved in flames.

  • Community Calendar-Dec. 9, 2010

    Thursday, December 9

    ✔ 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, December 10

  • Visiting with the Clauses

    Eight-year-old Hannah Bricker visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the gazebo at Lincoln Park in Vandalia on Saturday morning, telling the Clauses what she would like to receive for Christmas. The visits followed the Vandalia Rotary Club's annual Christmas Parade.

  • Council rejects levy with higher tax rates

    Two weeks after a number of residents voiced their opposition to the city’s plan to increase three of its tax rates to the maximum levels, the Vandalia City Council rejected a tax levy that included those higher rates.
    The council voted 4-4 on the approval of the new tax levy, with aldermen Bret Brosman, Larry Bennett, Larry Cable and Andy Lester voting for the new levy and aldermen Jerry Swarm, Dean Black, Mike Hobler and Lisa McNutt casting dissenting votes.
    Mayor Rick Gottman broke the tie by voting not to approve the levy.

  • City employees agree to take more furlough hours

    After meeting in closed session for about 30 minutes on Monday, the Vandalia City Council approved memorandums of understanding through which city employees agree to take more furlough days.
    After that, the council approved a pay increase for a city employee which was an attempt to rectify an apparent violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

  • Council rejects zoning change that would allow church move

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday rejected a change to its zoning ordinance that would have allowed a local church to move into the former home of Rural King.
    In a 6-2 vote, the council denied a request to add places of worship as a permitted use in land bearing a general commercial designation.
    The request was made to allow First Assembly of God Church to relocate in the building at 1616 Veterans Ave. that housed the Vandalia Rural King prior to its move to 1410 Veterans Ave.

  • Council rejects levy with higher tax rates

    Two weeks after a number of residents voiced their opposition to the city’s plan to increase three of its tax rates to the maximum levels, the Vandalia City Council rejected a tax levy that included those higher rates.
    The council voted 4-4 on the approval of the new tax levy, with aldermen Bret Brosman, Larry Bennett, Larry Cable and Andy Lester voting for the new levy and aldermen Jerry Swarm, Dean Black, Mike Hobler and Lisa McNutt casting dissenting votes.
    Mayor Rick Gottman broke the tie by voting not to approve the levy.

  • Council rejects zoning ordinance change

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday rejected a change to its zoning ordinance that would have allowed the First Assembly of God Church to move into the former home of Rural King on Veterans Avenue.

    In a 6-2 vote, the council rejected a proposal to include places of worship among the permitted uses in its general commercial zoning districts.

    That change had been recommended by the city's planning commission.

    For more, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.