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  • Weathering the Storm

    Humans weren't the only ones impacted by Sunday's unusual snowstorm.

    Wildlife also had to endure the 10-12 inches of heavy, wet snow that fell in the Fayette County area. Shown above is a male cardinal. In the picture below, a pair of mourning doves puff up their feathers and hunker down as the snow falls around them. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 50s by the weekend, so the late-season snow won't last long.

  • Last Blast of Winter

    The biggest snowfall of the year, up to 12 inches in some areas of Fayette County, created both fun and work.

    First photo-between sledding trips on Monday, Becky Lambert enjoyed snowball fights with sons Ryan and Riley. Second photo-Darin Brown shoveled a driveway to help a neighbor. Third photo-Ted Miller of the city of Vandalia's public works department, pours another load of salt onto his truck before making the rounds on Sunday afternoon.
     

  • Mayoral forum is Thursday

     A little less than two weeks before the consolidated election, Vandalia’s mayoral candidates will present their platform at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is hosting a candidate’s forum set for 6:30 p.m. this Thursday.
    The forum will feature only two candidates – incumbent Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman and challenger Brian Stout.
    Gottman is completing a third term in office, after having served as a city alderman.

  • Only eight attend electric aggregation meeting

    A public meeting to educate Vandalia and Fayette County residents about an April 9 referendum that promises to lower their electrical rates drew very little interest.

  • 'A Night of Music' changed to Tuesday
  • County Board hears Extension, 4-H presentations

    The Fayette County Board last Tuesday heard a presentation on the University of Extension and the Fayette County 4-H program.

  • Working on a history book

    The Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society (FCGHS) is hard at work compiling information for the publication of a history of Fayette County.
    The book will include family histories, plus histories of the county, communities, churches, schools and organizations.
    Book history will start at about 1800 and continue through to the present.
    “The family histories will be written by families with Fayette County connections. This will set it apart from books written by one individual,” said Judy Brazle, book committee chairperson.

  • 100th Anniversary

    In 1913, there was a Home Study Circle and Woman’s Club in Vandalia, among other clubs.

  • Council approves TIF grant, lake club lease

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a grant to help fund the renovation of a long-time business and a new lease with the Vandalia Shrine Club.
    The council approved a Tax Increment Financing grant of up to $15,000 to Dennis Young for improvements to Arthur Young Inc., a longtime Chevrolet dealer in Vandalia.
    Young told the city’s TIF Advisory Committee at its March 8 meeting that originally, General Motors wanted him to make renovations totaling about $600,000.

  • County expects to vote on liquor license

    The Fayette County Board chairman alerted board members last week that they will likely be voting on the issuance of a liquor license at their April meeting.
    At the February meeting, the board was scheduled to vote on an application from Steve and Latisha Mabry, who plan to open a restaurant on Ill. Route 185 on the east side of Vandalia Lake.