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Local News

  • 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.

  • Extension is restructuring

    A few days after University of Illinois Extension announced a new administrative structure, the local Extension director said the public won’t notice many differences at the local office.

    In response to cuts in state funding, U of I Extension put together a new map designating how local Extension programs will be administered. The state’s current fiscal year ends in June, and Extension has yet to receive any state funds for this fiscal year.

  • FCH continuing on an upward trend

    The Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday heard that the hospital’s financial condition continues on a strong upward trend after cost-cutting measures were taken last fall.

    “The hospital’s volumes are fairly close to budgeted volumes and to what they were last year,” said CEO Greg Starnes.

    “There has been a great deal of attention to expense reductions and controls, as well as a focus on getting bills sent and money collected.

    "As a result, the hospital has realized profits greater than budgeted.”

  • Council OKs Coles Street change order

    In an abbreviated meeting that lasted only 35 minutes, the Vandalia City Council on Monday approved a minor change order on the Coles Street paving project and heard a positive report about the sale at auction of several used city vehicles.

    The $2,143.11 change order was presented to the council by Scott Hunt of Hurst-Rosche Engineers.

  • Superintendent hopeful that school district will get more state funds before end of fiscal year

    Though the Vandalia School District has received only one of four categorical payments due it from the state, Superintendent Rich Well told the school board Tuesday night that he anticipates one more payment will be received before the fiscal year ends June 30.

    “The Illinois Board of Education is telling us that we will not get the second and third payments, but we’re likely to get the fourth payment,” Well said, noting that the state currently owes the district $800,000.

  • New Route 51 maps presented at recent public hearings

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is one step closer toward final four-lane corridors for U.S. Route 51 through Fayette County.

    The proposed corridor alternatives were presented at recent public meetings in Vandalia, Patoka and Centralia. Those alternatives had changed only slightly since similar public meetings held in area communities last November.

  • Businesses hit by fires moving on

    As the owners of a furniture store that was damaged by fire last week initiate the work of getting back in business, the owner of a business destroyed by a February is taking the final steps of rebuilding.

    Two days after an early morning fire at Allen’s Furniture, while a large crew from ServPro was removing furniture and beginning to clean, Lorraine Allen said on Friday that she and her sister, Rita Mae, hope to get their store open as soon as possible.

  • BREAKING NEWS-6:45 a.m. - Fire early Wednesday damages Allen's Furniture

    A fire shortly before daybreak on Wednesday, in the middle of a severe thunderstorm, caused substantial damage to Allen's Furniture in downtown Vandalia.

    Vandalia's volunteer firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 5 a.m. and had the fire under control by 6:30 p.m. Brownstown firefighters provided mutual aid assistance, both at the scene and with the cleanup of equipment at the fire station.

    The fire was at the other end of the block containing four businesses that were destroyed by fire at the end of February.

  • County makes another transfer to meet payroll

    For the second straight month, the Fayette County Board has transferred monies into its general fund in order to meet its payroll obligations.

    As it made that transfer, the board chairman said he plans to hold serious discussions on action to take if the state continues to fall behind on its income tax payments to the county.