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  • Heli-Trimmer

    A helicopter with a cutting device featuring several circular blades was used to trim tree limbs near power lines on the banks of the Kaskaskia River just east of Vandalia last Thursday.
     

  • New law requires background checks for city licenses

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday an ordinance amendment that requires a background check prior to the issuance of city business licenses.
    The council also approved an ordinance change that increases the penalties for public decency violations, but did not act on a law change governing penalties for city code violations.
    The law requiring background checks for business license applicants, and their employees, comes about four months after the council began discussing such a requirement.

  • Walking for a Cause
  • Only one person at school hearing

    Only one person showed up for a public meeting held last Thursday by Vandalia school officials to explain district’s new drug screening policy for all extracurricular activity participants.
    But that person provided a little pushback on the policy passed by the board of education in April.
    “I don’t think that the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities should come at the expense of sacrificing a personal liberty,” said Dave Hall, a Vandalia minister, who also is a substitute teacher in the district.

  • City will discuss downtown parking

    For the second time in three months, city officials began discussions about possible changes to laws governing parking in Vandalia’s downtown business district.
    They will continue those discussions after getting some input from local residents and business owners.
    Back in March, the city council began talking about possible law changes when Alderman Andy Lester passed on a complaint from a downtown merchant.

  • All Gave Some, Some Gave All
  • Rhoades named to Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame

    Mary Ann Rhoades has been selected as the 2012 Illinois 4-H Foundation Hall of Fame Award recipient from Fayette County.

  • Brownstown VFW holds Memorial Day services

    By Panzi Blackwell
    The numerous American flags at the Brownstown Memorial Wall seemed to be waving victoriously against the white clouds and blue sky as the people from Brownstown, Sefton and surrounding towns gathered to pay homage to the fallen heroes and the ones still protecting our country.

  • Walk Across America

    Donna Hale, center, leads the Walk Across America on Monday afternoon in downtown Vandalia.

    The 10th annual walk to show support for this country's troops was sponsored by Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary 3901, Helm DUI Services and Brownstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9770.

  • New Cemetery Signage

    The old sign at the entrance of South Hill and Fairlawn cemeteries in Vandalia, shown in a photo taken by Alderman Neil F. Clark, was replaced last week with a new monument sign.

    The new sign was donated to the city by the family of George Stombaugh, with support from memorial funds received by the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department and a donation from Bob and Ruth Chandler.