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  • 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.

  • 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.