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  • City makes offer on land near city garage

    In a special meeting on Thursday, the Vandalia City Council voted to make an offer on property just south of the city garage.

    The city is offering to pay Tri-County Petroleum Inc. $112,500 for the property, which is a little more than 1 acre, according to Keith Schaal of Schaal & Associates Real Estate in Vandalia.

    Public Works Director John Moyer said after the meeting that the city needs to purchase the property in order to ensure that it can continue to get the department's trucks in and out of the garage on the west side of the property.

  • EMA coordinator dies on Thursday

    Fayette County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Steve Koehler lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.

    Funeral arrangements are pending at C&A Pagel Funeral Home in St. Elmo for Koehler, 58, who has served as the county's EMA coordinator for about seven years.

    At the Fayette County Board meeting on Jan. 10, county board Chairman Steve Knebel appointed long-time EMA volunteer Jim Mahon to serve as the EMA coordinator on a temporary basis, due to Koehler's illness.

  • Wreaths Across America

    The VFW Post 3862 Auxiliary in Vandalia participated in the national Wreaths Across America program.

  • Planning for Relay for Life begins

    Twenty-five people attended the Relay For Life rally on Jan. 9 held at Joe’s Pizza.
    The theme of this year’s walk, which will be held June 2-3 at Rogier Park in Vandalia, will be “Rockin’ For a Cure.”
    Currently, 11 teams have signed up to raise funds for the Relay for Life.
    This year’s goal is $65,000, and $12,500 has been raised to date.
    Anyone interested in forming a team or assisting with the event is encouraged to contact Dave Rickman at 283-7066.

  • Thomason to compete at state pageant

    The IAAF Convention will be held Jan. 19-23 at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield. At this convention, county fair officials can get ideas and book events for their 2012 fair.

  • ISU honoring Dr. Laurie Mabry on Sunday

    Illinois State University will honor a Vandalia woman who served as the university’s director of women’s athletics for more than two decades and coached two of the school’s women’s teams.
    “Laurie Mabry Day” this Sunday at ISU will kick off a year-long celebration of the Redbirds’ women’s athletics.

  • Council OKs TIF grants

    As they approved two Tax Increment Financing grants on Monday, Vandalia’s aldermen continued to ask for some local TIF guidelines.
    The council awarded a $7,575 grant to BTW Inc. for improvements to facilities at 120 N. Sixth St. and a $10,800 grant to Dennis Grubaugh for structural repairs to a building at 511 W. Gallatin St.
    With the funds given to BTW Inc., Brian Westendorf plans to do concrete work, and install new fencing and gates, overhead doors, new metal siding and trim, a new roof, new signage and new electrical wiring.

  • KC begins discussions on Phase II of Vandalia Campus

    When they opened the doors to the Vandalia Campus, about four years ago, Kaskaskia College officials expressed hope of receiving state funds that would double the size of the local campus.
    Last Friday, KC President Jim Underwood and other college officials reported that the receipt of those state funds is pending

  • Gallatin Work Essentially Done

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council last week that the streetscape work on Gallatin Street between Seventh and Eighth streets is essentially complete.

    The latest improvements, including a new road surface, period lights, new sidewalks and new curbs and gutters, was funded solely with state grant funds. Fayette County paid for the lowering of the slope on the north entrance to the courthouse and jail parking lot.

  • Man found guilty of sex crimes

    A St. Elmo man was convicted of sex crimes in a jury trial last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    The jury deliberated about 90 minutes before returning guilty verdicts against Jeremy Wayne McMillian.
    McMillian, 37, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse (sexual conduct and sexual penetration) and one count of criminal sexual assault.
    All three counts allege that McMillian committed the offenses on or about Nov. 13, 2010.