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  • Celebrating by Candlelight

    The Vandalia Statehouse held its Christmas Open House on Saturday evening, welcoming hundreds of area residents to Illinois' oldest existing capitol.

  • Residents asked to join in fight for DHS office

    As they continue their fight to keep the local Illinois Department of Human Services office open, Vandalia officials are encouraging local residents to be a part of that effort.
    Mayor Rick Gottman said at last week’s city council meeting that he has contacted all area legislators, as well as Gov. Pat Quinn’s office and the state’s Central Management Services, as part of his effort to prevent the planned closure of the DHS office on Dec. 27.
    The state’s plan is to have area residents use the DHS office in Centralia.

  • County OKs health insurance plan

    The Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday a health insurance package through which the county will continue to pay the premiums for its employees.
    But the chairman of the committee recommending acceptance of the plan warned that it’s likely the last time for such a benefit at that level.
    The board agreed to renew its coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield, with the county’s cost for that coverage increasing by 7.5 percent over last year.

  • Statehouse Christmas Open House is Saturday

    A period-type lantern ornament will be handed out at this year’s Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 8

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Junior High School winter band concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the school.
    Saturday, December 10

  • Santa Comes to Town

    Santa Claus arrived in town on Saturday to participate in the Vandalia Rotary Club's Christmas Parade.

    In the first photo, Laura Carter makes sure that 3-year-old Addison Keeling sees Santa coming down Gallatin Street. In the second photo, Kaitlynn Warner, age 2, visits with Jolly Old St. Nick in the gazebo in Lincoln Park after the parade.
     

  • Only one race in primary

    Barring any write-in candidates, Fayette County’s primary election will feature only one race.
    That race will be in Fayette County Board District 6, where incumbent Glenn L. Gurtner of rural Brownstown is being challenged by Bryce Kistler of rural Vandalia.
    The filing period for the primary election, which will be held on March 20, ended on Monday afternoon in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, the county’s election official.
    Those filing for the primary election include:
    Circuit Clerk

  • Smoking trial ends with three guilty verdicts, maximum fines

    The first legal test in court of a city ordinance banning smoking in Vandalia bars ended with convictions.
    A six-person jury deliberated only about 30 minutes before ruling that three violations of the smoking ordinance occurred at the Redwood Inn in August 2010.
    That jury also returned a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs for each offense. Court costs in the case total $837.50. Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm presided over the trial.

  • New city levy has slight increase

    With comment limited to the reading of a prepared statement by one alderman, the Vandalia City Council approved a new tax levy with a slight increase.
    The council unanimously approved a tax levy for the new fiscal year that accounts for an increased obligation to the city’s police pension fund.
    The new levy includes an increase of a little more than $5,000 for that pension fund, and has a total of $620,038, which is .82-percent higher than the 2010 tax levy extension.

  • City fighting planned closure of DHS office

    Vandalia’s mayor told alderman on Monday evening that he will try for the second time in a year to prevent the closure of a local state office.
    Rick Gottman announced at the city council meeting that he has voiced opposition to the planned closure of the local Department of Human Services office to all area legislators, as well as the office of Gov. Pat Quinn and the state’s Central Management Services.