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  • School cuts total more than $910,000

    In response to dwindling state funds and ongoing financial pressures, the Vandalia Board of Education last Wednesday approved wide-ranging cuts that will trim more than $910,000 from the district’s $14 million budget.
    The cuts will take effect in the 2013-14 school year, which begins July 1.
    Though the cutbacks will be felt throughout the district, the impact will be most pronounced in the personnel area (a reduction of about $400,000, or 44 percent of the total cuts) and in athletics (a reduction of nearly $127,000, or 14 percent of the total cuts).

  • Vandalia School Board OKs budget cuts

    The budget cuts approved by the Vandalia Board of Education are presented here in a PowerPoint presentation prepared by district officials.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, January 31

    ✔ 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, February 1

    ✔ "Liberty Road Band" will be performing from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Patoka Civic Center on Fridays, Feb. 1, 8 and 22. Admission is $5. A potluck will be held.
    Sunday, February 3

  • News Briefs

    Storm Spotters class on Feb. 6

    A free Storm Spotters class will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette County Health Department in Vandalia.

    Earthquake drill set for Feb. 7

    The largest earthquake drill in the history of the central United States will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Local participants may register for the drill by calling 283-1044 and asking for Kiley, or by e-mail, fcesda@yahoo.com.

    SAFE still has cheeseballs available

  • Association touts value of SWCD's

    Illinois Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
    The economic benefit that Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Illinois provide is far greater than the amount of money that is appropriated from tax dollars for their use by our Illinois General Assembly.
    The SWCD services are essential for securing the soil and water resources on which the local and state agricultural economy is based. Their services are an important link to deliver federal funds to our local landowners.

  • Third Lincoln Victory Ball is Feb. 9

    A dance similar to those held during the time period when Abraham Lincoln came to Vandalia was something that Connie Bolyard had wanted to do “for years and years.”

  • Flowers, Lindberg given Abes

    A Vandalia man who has been the driving force behind his family’s launch of a half-dozen businesses in the downtown area and the longtime executive director of a sheltered workshop for the developmentally disabled were honored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce with Abe Awards last Thursday.

  • Vandalia man found dead Monday morning

    A Vandalia man was found dead in a wooded area south of Vandalia late Monday morning.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said on Tuesday morning that he believes that 22-year-old Justin Wyatt died from hypothermia sometime on Saturday. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday evening in Effingham.

  • Vandalia School District to make cuts

    The Vandalia School District will meet in special session on Wednesday evening to act on district cuts.

    The 5 p.m. meeting will include reports and presentations on proposed athletic, fine arts and district cuts.

    After a closed session, the meeting agenda states, the school board will act on a deficit reduction plan and expenditure cuts for the next school year.

    Prior to the board meeting, at 2:30 p.m., district officials will meet with Vandalia Unit Teachers Association representatives.

  • Flowers, Lindberg honored with Abe Awards

    Two men who have made significant contributions to the Vandalia area received Abe Awards from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night.

    The awards, presented at the chamber’s annual banquet, were given to businessman Tony Flowers and FAYCO Enterprises executive director Bob Lindberg.

     Also at the banquet, outgoing chamber president Ben Timmermann passed the gavel to incoming president Greg Starnes.

    A full story about the banquet and the Abe Awards will be included in next week’s Leader-Union.