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  • McCarter sets days for interactive visits

    Beginning next Thursday, state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will begin using videoconferencing technology to help him stay in touch with constituents in the 54th Senate District.
    “The new virtual office hours are not a replacement for regular office hours at my Vandalia district office,” McCarter said.
    “Rather, they are an attempt to further increase communication with constituents across a geographically large district that time and distance might normally prohibit.”

  • Lincoln Birthday celebrated Saturday and Sunday

    Vandalia will celebrate the 204th birthday of Abraham Lincoln with several activities this weekend.

  • Sports, band boosters work on ways to help

    In the wake of wide-ranging program and staffing cuts made last week by the Vandalia Board of Education, the district’s booster clubs have emerged as major players in the community’s response to those cuts.
    “Our goal is to support the school sports programs,” said Steve Ledbetter, president of the Vandalia Sports Boosters. “We want to fill the void where we can.”

  • 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.