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  • Cages Donates to Relay for Life

    Dave King (left) and David Paulding (right) of Cages in Vandalia present to Dave Rickman of Fayette County Relay for Life a donation of $919.

    The donation represented the proceeds from Cages' third annual Labor Day Bike Show.

  • Bowlers Make Donation

    Marie Davis of Vandalia and Larry Earnest, owner of Vandalia Bowl, held a nine-pin, no-tap tournament on Oct. 23 to raise funds for digital mammography equipment at Fayette County Hospital.

    The organizers raised $438 for the equipment, and (above) they presented the proceeds to Marci Barth, chief nursing officer at the hospital. Winning the tournament was the team of Marie Davis, Jeanette Spence, Sam Lovall and Debbie Lovall. Finishing second was the team of Keith and Fran Cole, John Swain and Curt Haas.

  • Monday Morning Fire

    Joe Patterson and Lucas Emerick of the Vandalia Fire Department are silhouetted as they prepare to fight a blaze that destroyed a storage building on the former Schultz Orchard property just west of Shobonier.

  • Remembering a Friend

    A large crowd turned out last Thursday evening for the inaugural memorial walk in honor of Tammy Vosholler.

    The memorial walk on the Vandalia Community High School track was held on the one-year anniversary of Tammy's death. Funds raised through the event, which included dinner and the sale of various items to memorialize the teen, go to a scholarship fund in her name. Organizers, which include Tammy's mother, Mitzie, hope to make the walk an annual event.

  • Regional superintendents getting paid

    After working for nearly five months without being paid, Julie Wollerman is looking forward to seeing a check with her name on it.
    It’s scheduled to arrive next week.
    “There were times I wondered how to go forward,” said Wollerman, the regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties. “But I never wavered on continuing to provide the services we had contracted to do. You just do what you have to do.”

  • Council supports slight tax levy increase

    As they were asked to reach an informal consensus on a new tax levy, Vandalia’s aldermen were encouraged to support the same levy option that they would vote for in two weeks.
    The reason for that, local CPA Dale Timmermann said, is to avoid wasting both time and money.
    Timmermann presented city council members with three levy options during a work session prior to Monday’s council meeting, and six of seven aldermen present for the session supported a levy that is .82-percent higher than the 2010 levy extension.

  • Judged to be the best

    Jody Goldsboro doesn’t perform her work with a goal of winning awards or receiving other types of recognition. In fact, she shies away from that type of thing.

  • Two unions agree to pay freeze

    Two unions representing city of Vandalia employees have agreed to pay freezes through next spring.
    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday settlement agreements with the police and telecommunicators that call for those employees’ base pay to be frozen through April 30, 2012.
    Those employees will continue to receive longevity step increases during that period.
    In exchange, the city has agreed not to implement furlough days or lay off any of those employees during that period.
    Also at Monday’s meeting:

  • Toys for Tots Drive Under Way

  • CORRECTION: Chorus concert is Dec. 11

    It was incorrectly stated in our Community Calendar in this week's issue that the VCHS chorus concert is this Sunday.

    The concert is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.

    The concert information was included in a report given to the Vandalia Board of Education this week, with Sunday listed as the date of the concert, with no date listed.

    We apologize for the error.