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  • Darin, the Red-Nosed Helper

    With his nose matching Rudolph's, due to being out in the cold all morning, Darin Brown enthusiastically loaded bags of food into Christmas baskets during the Fayette County Caring & Sharing distribution on Saturday at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center in Vandalia. More than 400 baskets were distributed.

  • Vandalia School Board OKs new levy

    The Vandalia Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Tuesday approved a tax levy that will generate $3,813,270 in local taxes to operate the district in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
    Add to that another $1,418,896 for bond and interest payments, and the district’s total tax levy for the year will be $5,232,166.  

  • Alderman races in two Vandalia wards

    Residents in two of Vandalia’s four wards will have a choice when casting aldermanic ballots in April.
    As the filing deadline passed on Monday afternoon, races were formed in Wards I and IV. One four-year term is up for election in each of the city’s four wards.
    In Ward I, incumbent Bret Brosman has three challengers – Jason Paslay, Kenneth Hubler and Neil Clark.
    In Ward IV, long-time alderman Larry Cable is being challenged by B. John Clark.

  • City OKs levy, to look at making more cuts

    As expected, the Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a new tax levy that’s 10 percent higher than the last tax extension.
    And as it did so, one alderman pointed out to the sizeable crowd present for Monday’s meeting that the city is not depending solely on more tax dollars to solve its budget deficit issues.
    The council approved the levy with a 10-percent increase a week after agreeing at a special meeting to have City Attorney Jack Johnston draft such an ordinance.

  • Christmastime in Vandalia
  • Vandalia hosts heritage coalition meeting

    Though Congress established a 42-county Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area more than two years ago, a series of public meetings was held in Vandalia and four other Illinois cities last week to determine what to do with that designation.
    In Vandalia, the meeting last Thursday allowed public officials and interested citizens to learn more about the heritage area concept and brainstorm about Vandalia’s part in it.

  • Judge Schwarm receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    S. Gene Schwarm, resident circuit judge for Fayette County and chief judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) at its Midyear Meeting last Friday at a noon luncheon at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
    Schwarm received the award in recognition of his many years of devotion to promoting a strong and independent judiciary and in appreciation for his time and valuable contributions to the Illinois judiciary.

  • Seven file for aldermanic seats in Vandalia

    Seven individuals ­– including three incumbents – wasted no time in getting on the ballot for Vandalia’s municipal election in the spring.
    The filing period for the spring election got under way on Monday morning, and right away, an aldermanic race was formed in one of Vandalia’s four wards.
    Up for election in the spring are four four-year terms, one in each of the wards, and a two-year term in Ward IV.
    In Ward I, those filing petitions included incumbent Bret Brosman, Jason Paslay and Kenneth Hubler.

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, December 16

    ✔ 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 17

  • Holiday Festivities in Vandalia

    Holiday activities over the weekend included the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse and the Christmas program presented by the Vandalia Elementary School's Honor Chorus. In the first photo, local historian Dale Timmermann tells visitors to the Statehouse about the history of the building and the state of Illinois. In the second photo, Audrey Myers (left) and Alexis Beckman dance during the Honor Chorus program. More photos from the events are on Page 1 B and will appear in slideshows at www.leaderunion.com this week.