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  • City will consider allowing portable buildings on lake lots

    The Vandalia Lake Committee has been directed to draft specifications for an ordinance change that will allow a new type of structure to be placed on lease lots at the lake.
    Alderman Mike Hobler, chairman of the lake committee, said at Monday’s city council meeting that a lease holder had asked the committee to allow placement of a structure “based along the lines of portable sheds” on his lake lot.
    That is currently not allowed, as city ordinance requires lease holders to have a trailer or mobile home on lots on the north side of the lake.

  • Stout announces his plans to run for mayor

    When Rick Gottman announced at a city council meeting last month that he would run for re-election, he wasn’t the only one at the meeting interested in running for Vandalia’s mayoral seat next spring.

  • Streetscape project scaled back again sc

    After taking a closer look at proposed streetscape work on side streets in Vandalia’s downtown business district – and the funds available to do that work – city officials have decided to concentrate on one two-block section for now.
    The city has received $630,000 in Community Development Assistance Program funds from the state for streetscape improvements in one-block sections north and south of Gallatin Street.

  • Former librarian pleads guilty

    The former librarian of the St. Elmo Library District who has been charged with embezzling funds from the district pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning.
    Terri E. Gillespie signed an open guilty plea to one count of theft of between $10,000 and $100,000 of government funds.
    An open plea resulted from plea bargaining through which Gillespie admitted committing the theft, but terms of a sentence were not agreed upon.

  • Golden Circle Menus

    Thursday, Aug. 2 – French toast bake, sausage pattie, hash browns, orange juice, fresh fruit and whole wheat bread.
    Friday, Aug. 3 – Fish on bun, creamy cole slaw, bean salad and peaches.
    Monday, Aug. 6 – Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, spinach, blushing pears and graham crackers.
    Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Turkey tetrazzini, green peas, glazed carrots, orange and whole wheat bread.  
    Wednesday, Aug. 8 – Chicken salad on bun, tomato medley, kidney bean salad and cantaloupe.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, Aug. 2
    • Registration for elementary and jr.-sr. high school, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.

  • Food pantry donations still being solicited

    On June 23, 30 volunteers showed up to help with the Central Illinois Mobile Food Pantry distribution in Ramsey.
    The pantry served 136 households consisting of 180 children under the age of 18 and 306 adults.
    The sponsoring organization, Fayette County Farm Bureau had a large number of individual volunteers, as well as Soroptimist of Vandalia, who has joined with the Fayette County Farm Bureau since the startup of the pantry in Fayette County. Other volunteers came from the Parkview Methodist Church, Herrick Food Pantry and FFA.

  • News Briefs

    Tools for School distributions set

    Tools for School, a program that provides free school supplies for Fayette County students in need in grades kindergarten through junior college, will be in operation at First Presbyterian Church on the following dates and times:
    • Wednesday, Aug. 8 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Aug. 9 – 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 10 – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • Saturday, Aug. 11 – 9 a.m.-noon.

  • St. Elmo Library District given equipment by state

    Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse While has announced that 40 Illinois public libraries and community college learning resource centers will receive equipment to enhance Internet access for patrons with visual or physical impairments by allowing them to download audio books.
    Those recipients include the St. Elmo Public Library District.
    “Many Illinois public libraries provide services for patrons who have visual or physical limitations that make it difficult to read regular printed materials,” White said.

  • Police taking reports of vehicle break-ins

    Recent reports from the Vandalia Police Department indicate that city residents should be locking their vehicles and not storing valuable property in vehicles.
    The police have been receiving a number of reports of vehicle break-ins, according to VPD reports.
    Those reports of theft from vehicles include:
    • July 18 – 7:05 a.m., 1400 block of North Seventh Street.
    • July 18 – 9:51 a.m., 1000 block of West Taylor Street.
    • July 20 – 5:08 p.m., 500 block of West Lincoln Street.