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  • Brownfields field day is next Wednesday

    In the fall of 2010, the city of Vandalia received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to locate and study properties that they believed could have possible petroleum contamination.
    These particular properties are called “brownfields” and are properties whose redevelopment is hindered because of perceived or real contamination.
    To date, five properties have been researched reviewing historical maps, property records and speaking, if possible, with former owners or their families, former neighboring properties, etc.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 9

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board will meet at 4 p.m. at Vandalia Airport.

  • Streetscape work under way

    The streetscape project in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Fourth Street in Vandalia are well under way, with work delayed late last week and early this week by rain. In the photo above, Ronnie Smith tears out sidewalk in the 100 block of South Fourth Street.

  • Gift to the Clerk's Office

    Mayor Rick Gottman displays at Monday's city council meeting a photograph that was recently given to City Clerk Peggy Bowen and her staff. Gottman said that Randall Bresee had visited the office for assistance, and to thank Bowen and her staff, he enlarged and framed a photo of the Vandalia Statehouse that he had taken. Bowen is seated at the left of the photo.

  • Excerpts from 1988 lake ordinance amendment
  • City hears objections to Mabrys' restaurant plans

    The city of Vandalia’s legal counsel said it’s his legal opinion that a couple planning to start a restaurant on Vandalia Lake cannot legally do so at their planned location.
    About three weeks after residents living in a lake subdivision near the bridge on Ill. Route 185 voiced their objections to the plans of Steve and Latisha Mabry to the county board, they did the same to the city council.

  • Palmer new school board president

    Chris Palmer was elected president and Matt Hall was elected vice president of the Vandalia Board of Education at its reorganizational meeting on Monday.

  • County OKs liquor license for Lashes

    Less than four weeks after voting down a request for a liquor license, the Fayette County Board approved the renewal of a license.
    And, as they did so, the board chairman assured the holders of the renewed license that the two requests differed substantially.
    The board took only about 10 minutes to OK the renewal of the license for Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James, a rural area between St. Elmo and St. Peter.

  • Ray is new police chief

    A Vandalia native who has been an officer with the city police department for the past 13 years is the department’s new chief.

  • 13 years in DUI case

    A Shobonier man who had nine prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as numerous convictions for driving while his license is revoked, has agreed to a 13-year prison sentence.