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  • Fire damages Allen's Furniture

    About 2 ½ months after a fire destroyed four businesses in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street, a business at the other end of that block has sustained substantial damage from a blaze.

    Vandalia fire officials believe that lightning is to blame for a fire early Wednesday morning at Allen’s Furniture.

  • Ceremony marks completion of downtown project

    Sandra Leidner reminded a large crowd on Monday afternoon that when she ran for mayor 13 years ago, she had as one of her goals promoting Vandalia’s rich history. And it is that history, she said, that allowed Vandalia to receive federal funding for the project that has improved the city’s downtown business district.

    Leidner was one of the speakers as the city celebrated the completion of the downtown enhancement project. That project was essentially completed at the beginning of April.

  • Council OKs spending cuts

    Several months after talking about substantial budget cuts, the Vandalia City Council approved a spending plan for the coming fiscal year that reflects those cuts.

    The council OK'd an appropriations ordinance that projects city spending to total no more than $9,972,406.

    That total is $2,340,283 below the appropriations figure for the fiscal year that ended on April 30, $12,312,689.

  • City will interview five administrator candidates

    A search committee heading up the selection of a new city administrator for Vandalia has narrowed the field of candidates.

    Alderman Larry Bennett, chairman of the city council’s personnel and finance committee, announced at Monday’s council meeting that the field had been narrowed from 29 to 10, and that the committee currently plans to interview five of those finalists.

    Mayor Rick Gottman will be setting up those interviews with the committee, which includes the mayor, city aldermen, four city department heads and several community leaders.

  • Mayor will give chamber program

    Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman will present the program at this month's meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

    The chamber will meet at noon this Wednesday in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with a luncheon followed by a business meeting and the program.

  • Signup for fair pageants is this Saturday

    This year's Fayette County Fair will be July 11-17, and the fair board has planned a number of activities for the week.

    The grandstand events will be as follows:

    • Sunday, July 11-Antique tractor pull at 1 p.m.

  • Route 51 meetings coming up

     The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold its next round of public information meetings on proposed improvements to U.S. Route 51 in the next two weeks.

    Area meetings include:

  • Fayette Water Co. gets aid for Vandalia Lake area project

    The receipt of federal funds that will help to deliver safe, potable water to up to 250 homes in the Vandalia Lake area was celebrated on Earth Day.

    At a program held in the Lions Pavilion at the lake, Fayette Water Co. officials signed documents for a $995,000 loan and a $285,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program.

    Those federal monies, according to Fayette Water Manager Randy Wolf, will be used to fund the installation of 10 miles of water lines in the lake area.

  • Vernon man gets 10 years for meth

    A Vernon man was sentenced in federal court last week to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a methamphetamine operation.

    Conrad J. Wynn, 30, had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute the drug.

    Wynn also pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of chemicals, products and materials with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine.

  • FCH to discuss ambulances, SCU work at May 10 meeting

    The Fayette County Hospital District Board on Monday discussed several issues, but after meeting for more than two hours, voted to recess its meeting until May 10 to deal with two items of special interest.

    On the agenda for that meeting will be further discussions about the future of the hospital’s ambulance service and a renovation project that would shut down the FCH special care unit for several days.