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  • Buildings damaged by fire discussed at council meeting

    The owner of a downtown building that was damaged by fire early last year attended last week’s Vandalia City Council meeting to voice his concerns about an alderman’s complaints about that building.
    Mayor Rick Gottman quickly ended discussion on the issue when words between that building owner and an alderman became heated.
    In two prior meetings, Alderman Dean Black had complained about political signs covering window frames in the former home of the local State Farm agency, and said he’d heard complaints from other residents.

  • On Guard!

    At the introductory session of the summer reading program at Evans Public Library last week, a large crowd of local youngsters watched a demonstration on fencing.

    Evan Wallace, right, the No. 1 foil fencer in St. Louis and one of the top-rated fencers in the Midwest high school circuit, jousted with Amanda Millian, a student under instructor Jan Wallace, Erin's mom. Jan Wallace explained the sport of fencing to the children.

  • Wal-Mart grand re-opening is Friday

    The Vandalia Walmart, located at 201 N. Mattes Ave., will celebrate a grand re-opening this Friday, giving local shoppers a glimpse of the company’s next generation of store design and customer experience.
    The results of a two-month remodeling project will be  unveiled at 7:30 a.m.
    Among the many improvements are a new layout, bright interior paint scheme, enhanced lighting and easy-to-read signage to make the shopping experience more convenient for customers than ever before.

  • News Briefs-June 16, 2011

    Tools for School fundraising under way

    Tools for School, a program for Fayette County in-need students to select school supplies, is beginning its work for 2011 with a fundraising campaign.
    Last year, nearly 700 school children, kindergarten through high school, were served by the Tools for School program.
    Monetary donations received from businesses, churches, organizations and individuals are used to purchase notebooks, paper, pens, crayons and other supplies noted on the Fayette County School supply lists.

  • Community Calendar-June 16, 2011

    Thursday, June 16

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Local motorcycles featured in magazine

    Motorcycles owned and created by a Vandalia resident are becoming a regular feature in regional magazine.
    Dennis Martin, owner and editor of Thunder Roads, was in town last week to shoot photos of two “rat rod” bikes owned by Bill York of Vandalia.
    Some of the photos shot by Martin – including ones taken at The Depot and Vandalia Statehouse – will be in the July issue of Thunder Roads, a magazine that has a circulation of 8,000 in Missouri and Southern Illinois.

  • County OKs funds for parking lot ramp

    Action taken by the Fayette County Board on Tuesday will allow the city of Vandalia to move forward with more streetscape improvements downtown.
    The board, on the recommendation of its building and grounds committee, agreed to spend $25,000 for improvements to the north parking lot approach and ramp.
    The work, which will include reducing the angle of the parking lot ramp, will be done as the city makes streetscape improvements in the 700 block of West Gallatin Street.

  • City OKs balanced-budget spending

    After hearing Mayor Rick Gottman say for many months that the city had to have a balanced budget for the new fiscal year, Vandalia’s aldermen approved an appropriations ordinance that reflects such a budget.
    The council approved the appropriations, which total slightly more than $8.4 million, during a special meeting on Monday evening.
    That special meeting was held after a public hearing on the new city budget that lasted only a few minutes.

  • Fireworks Donation
  • Entries needed for rodeo parade

    Entries are needed for the 19th annual IHSRA State Finals Rodeo Parade next Wednesday in Effingham.
    The parade will start at 6:30 p.m., with entries to line up from 6-6:15 p.m. on North Maple Street between Evergreen and Temple avenues. Horse entries will line up at Effingham Equity.
    The parade will begin at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital and go to the old courthouse downtown.
    The theme for this year's parade is "Peace, Love and Rodeo," and the colors are neon.