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  • Vandalia School District sees financial score drop

    The Vandalia School District’s financial profile score dropped from 3.6 on a scale of 4.0 last year to 3.25 for the year that ended June 30, a decrease that moved the district from a “recognition” to a “review” rating from the Illinois State Board of Education.
    The announcement of the score was part of the district’s annual auditor’s report, which was presented Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.
    And it’s a shift that Superintendent Rich Well says is easily explained.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 18

    ✔ 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.
    Friday, October 19

  • Learning Fire Safety

    During Fire Prevention Week, the Brownstown Fire Department invited students from Brownstown Elementary School to visit the first station.

    There, Brownstown firemen taught them about fire safety, explained the job that they do and helped the students have a little fun.
     

  • No easy, inexpensive fix for river intake

    City officials learned on Monday night that they can no longer hope for a simple and inexpensive fix to its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River.
    Alderman Terry Beesley, chairman of the city council’s water and sewer committee, passed on the bad news after months of working on the project.
    Beesley has been in regular contact with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representative who agreed to look into the problems with the intake.

  • Octochem TIF agreement OK'd

    As the Vandalia City Council approved significant Tax Increment Financing assistance for an existing industry, the mayor cited that company’s continuing growth and loyalty to Vandalia.
    The agreement approved unanimously by the council gives Octochem 90 percent of the new property taxes generated as a result of the company’s expansion at its facility on Wagner Street.

  • Teachers' contract OK'd

    One day after the Vandalia teachers’ union ratified a contract, the Vandalia Board of Education last Wednesday approved a three-year pact that gives teachers a raise in the second and third years of the contract, but also clarifies the district’s option to make reduction-in-force personnel cuts.
    The action came during a special meeting of the school board that lasted only five minutes.

  • Second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk held

    Area residents joined together at Rogier Park on Saturday to participate in an “Out of Darkness Community Walk.”

  • Hollow-een

    Happy Hollow Farms, located south of St. Elmo, held its annual Fall Festival Weekend on Saturday and Sundy, offering a variety of activites for area families.

    In the first photo, 5-year-old Lanie Spangenberg struggles to hold onto the pumpkin she chose for her family. In the second photo, 4-year-old Evan Warren enjoys playing in the sand box filled with corn. In the third photo, Alex Aderman of the St. James 4-H club, stirs the chili that the club was serving at Happy Hollow Farms' Fall Festival Weekend.

  • Chancey explains IARDC reprimand 20 years ago

    The Democratic candidate for state’s attorney in Fayette County doesn’t hesitate to talk about being reprimanded by the state’s disciplinary commission more than two decades ago.
    In fact, Matt Chancey has been explaining why he was reprimanded – and why he risked losing his license to practice law – to people in Fayette County for some time.
    And, he said, he would again risk disciplinary action in such a situation.

  • County looks into deep cuts

    The Fayette County Board is in the final stages of preparing a budget for the next fiscal year, and the board chairman said the proposed budget includes “some pretty hard cuts.”
    Chairman Steve Knebel said that the new budget has cuts totaling about $300,000, with the majority of those cuts in the sheriff’s office.
    Included in the spending reductions proposed at this time is the elimination of the chief deputy position.