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  • Removal of canvas reveals stenciled oilcloth at museum

    In addition to experiencing the annual art and photography exhibits at the Town & Country Amateur Art Show this weekend, visitors to the Fayette County Museum will also be able to view some rare history.

    Visitors to the show will be among the first to see the recently unveiled oilcloth ceiling in the historic church building that houses Artworks Gallery and the Fayette County Museum.

    That oilcloth design has been covered by white canvas for the past century, but now is available for residents to admire.

  • Recycling continues to be popular in Fayette County

    Since a recycling program was started last fall, the collection site has been changed several times. Area residents have stay attuned to those moves, continuing to show up in droves.

    Figures released this week by Karen Sanders of the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District show that the recycling program is well-accepted.

    Since the monthly collections were started last September, Sanders said, 24 tons of paper, plastic, cardboard, newspaper, magazines, aluminum and tin have been collected.

  • North side residents air concerns on Route 51 corridors

    Because of the number of letters they received after last month’s unveiling of proposed U.S. Route 51 bypass routes around Vandalia, officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation decided to hold a meeting to hear from homeowners potentially affected by those routes.

     

    They got an earful.

     

    More than 100 residents showed up at last Thursday’s informational meeting, and many were upset that the two remaining IDOT routes significantly impacted residential areas in the Thrill Hill, Zent Drive and Airport Road areas.

  • Council approves zoning change for Gathe's new location

    With action taken by the Vandalia City Council on Monday, a business dislocated by the downtown fire in February can make its temporary lodging a permanent home.

    The council, acting on a recommendation from the Vandalia Planning Commission, unanimously approved the rezoning of property at 504 W. Edwards St. from two-family residential to downtown commercial.

  • Motown project dead

    Just a little more than a year after bringing a large contingent to town to announce its plans for a $300-million sports and entertainment complex in Vandalia, a group from the Detroit area has told city officials it has pulled the plug on the project.

    And Vandalia’s mayor believes that that decision may be at least partially due to the fact that the city has been considering prosecuting the group for a bad check.

  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The local event held annually to both raise funds for the fight against cancer and show support by those fighting the disease will be held this weekend in Vandalia parks.

    The Fayette County Relay for Life begins at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, when teams participating in the event begin setting up in Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street, and continues through 5 p.m. on Sunday.

    This is the second year that the Relay for Life is being held in Rogier Park and other city parks along the Lincoln Loop Walking Trail, after being held for many years at Vandalia Community High School.

  • BREAKING NEWS-9:55 a.m., Tuesday

    Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc. notified Vandalia officials on Tuesday morning that its Vandalia project is officially dead.

    In a letter received on Tuesday morning by City Clerk Peggy Bowen, Motown CEO Kenneth Bardwell notified the city that it no longer plans to proceed with its plans for a $300-million sports and entertainment facility in Vandalia.

    Along with the letter, which is dated June 1, Bardwell enclosed a payment of $17,500 for reimbursement of a traffic study the city had performed for the project. The payment was made with three checks.

  • Relay for Life pie auction June 3-4

     A pie auction to benefit the Fayette County Relay for Life will be held from 9-11 a.m. next Thursday and Friday on WPMB Radio, AM 1500.

    This year's Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, in Rogier Park on Fillmore Street in Vandalia.

  • NEW SLIDE SHOW

     A new slide show featuring photos from area graduations and baccalaureate at Vandalia Community High School is now available on this website.

  • One year later....Motown is silent

    A year ago this week, a Michigan-based group told Vandalia officials and local residents that they expected the construction of a $300-million sports and entertainment complex to be under way by this spring.

    A year later, city officials are still waiting for officials from that group to return a number of phone calls and e-mails.