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  • City will auction off Letters & Logos equipment

    After numerous attempts to contact the owners of Letters and Logos about their failure to repay loans to the city, Vandalia officials have been given permission to sell company property stored in a local building.
    Fayette County Circuit Court documents show that a sheriff’s sale has been authorized for Letters and Logos property currently stored at 723 Keefer Drive, in the building that served as the company’s Vandalia operations.
    The items to be sold include computers and various tools that were used by Letters and Logos.

  • Future school district revenues 'unclear'

    Though administrators in the Vandalia Community School District have a pretty good handle on the expense lines in their budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, they don’t have a clue what’s in store on the revenue side.
    “The revenues are very unclear at this time,” Superintendent Rich Well told members of the Vandalia Board of Education at their monthly meeting Tuesday night.
    “We just don’t know what the state is going to do.”

  • Fire early Wednesday

    Vandalia firefighter Jeff Burnam mans the hose as firefighters extinguish a burning outbuilding north of Shobonier early Wednesday morning. Firefighters were sent to property owned by Carl Sprague shortly after 3:30 a.m., and were at the scene for about 30 minutes. Fire officials believe that the fire may have started when a fan motor overheated.

  • Tish responds to new complaint

    The attorney for St. Elmo's mayor contends that the second attempt by the community’s former police chief to sue the mayor for slander is no better than the first.
    In a motion filed on Monday in Fayette County Circuit Court, Charles A. Pierce of Belleville, the attorney for Mayor Larry Tish, argues that Ken Thomason’s amended suit still lacks specificity.
    Thomason, who served as St. Elmo’s police chief for about 16½ years before being terminated by Tish last November, filed a slander suit against the mayor in November.

  • Vandalia hires city administrator

    A Northern Illinois man with more than 20 years of experience in government administration is Vandalia’s new city administrator.
    After meeting in closed session for about 30 minutes on Monday evening to discuss personnel matters, and several other issues, the Vandalia City Council unanimously approved the hiring of John A. McIntyre.
    McIntyre, who now lives in Orland Hills, fills the post that has been vacant since Jimmy Morani left in April to become the village administrator in New Baden.

  • South Central HS orientation is Tuesday

    South Central High School will hold its freshmen parent/student orientation at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdsay in the high school gym.

  • Glass recycling now available

    The Fayette County Recycling Committee has made glass recycling available.

    Glass will be accepted from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District, 301 S. Third St., Vandalia. The committee is continuing to accept electronic items for recycling on Wednesday afternoons at that location.

    The types of glass include brown, green and clear glass, including broken glass. Not accepted are home window glass, vehicle glass, dinnerware and ceramics.

  • Vandalia Main Street gains national accreditation

    Vandalia Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.
    Each year, the National Trust and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four-Point Approach methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings.

  • Work on FCHD property to begin on Thursday

    Work on the property housing the future quarters of the Fayette County Health Department is scheduled to begin this week, and the FCHD staff could be in its new home by the beginning of next year.
    FCHD Administrator Rhonda Andrews presented the Fayette County Board on Tuesday night with the results of two bid openings for the rehabilitation of the property in the 400 block of West Edwards Street in Vandalia that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber.

  • Legislators, IDOT reps hear opposition to Route 51 bypass plan

    About 125 people crowded into Vandalia City Hall last Wednesday to let their political representatives know that they are not happy with the path of the U.S. Route 51 bypass proposed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    Though only one of the four invited state and federal politicians made the 90-minute meeting, each had representatives there. And they left the meeting with no doubt that the current bypass route – which goes through or near several north end neighborhoods – is not favored by local residents.