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  • President project up in the air in St. Elmo

    Even though the St. Elmo City Council voted to continue its support for The President riverboat project, the boat’s future in that community is still up in the air.

    The council voted 4-2 to reinforce to developer David Campbell of Effingham the city’s support for the project at the conclusion of a two-hour special meeting.

    However, council members learned four days later, by mail, that new Mayor Larry Tish had vetoed that vote.

  • State will consider housing retired horses at Vandalia Correctional Center

    Action that would allow the Vandalia Correctional Center to host a Thoroughbred horse groomer program is going through the legislative process in the state capital.

    But an Illinois Department of Corrections source said discussions on such a program are only in the infancy stage.

    An Illinois House of Representatives committee last Wednesday unanimously passed a House resolution presented by state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Highland).

  • Call-in day for pageants is Saturday

    Girls interested in entering pageants at this year's Fayette County Fair need to call in their registration this Saturday.

    The Little Miss Fayette County Fair pageant is open to Fayette County residents who will be 4 years old by July 13 and not over the age of 6 by that date. To enter, call pageant director Kim Fitch, 427-3762 after 9 a.m. on Saturday. The first 20 entries will be accepted.

    The Junior Miss Fayette County Fair pageant is open to girls entering grades 6-8 this fall. To enter, call Fitch after 10 a.m. The first 20 entries will be accepted.

  • Future of boat in St. Elmo up in the air

    Despite of vote of support on Thursday night, the future of The President in St. Elmo is up in the air.

    The St. Elmo City Council voted 4-2 to continue the city's support of the boat project, but the vote came after project developer David Campbell said that he and project investors were ready to move The President to another community.

  • Local DHS office will remain open

    If Illinoisans want an example of what government reform truly is, according to state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), they need to look to the employees of the Illinois Department of Human Services in Vandalia and other local residents.

    It was those people, McCarter said, who held him and state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville) accountable at a time when DHS officials announced their plan to close agency offices in Vandalia and 16 other communities.

  • Statehouse now open seven days a week

    The state delivered the good news two weeks ago that the Vandalia Statehouse would remain open past the middle of this year. Then, late last week it announced the Statehouse and other state historic sites would be open seven days a week.

    Prior to being impeached at the end of 2008, Gov. Rod Blagojevich closed all state historic sites as part of his budget cuts.

    The Vandalia Statehouse was reopened in March, after a local resident stepped forward with an anonymous donation that would fund the operations of the old state capitol for six months.

  • Council delays action on Gallatin Street parking

    The Vandalia City Council heard on Monday night a recommendation to lighten parking restrictions on Gallatin Street. But it will be some time before it acts on such a recommendation.

    The council’s streets and sewers committee, at a meeting last Monday night, agreed to recommend that the city no long enforce two-hour parking around the clock on Gallatin Street.

    The committee endorsed a two-hour restriction between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week, to accommodate residents of apartments in downtown buildings.

  • Health department gives recommendations on swine flu

    The Fayette County Health Department has three simple words of advice for protecting yourself from swine flu – clean (your hands), cover (your mouth) and contain (germs).

    The FCHD is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating the spread of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

    By late morning on Wednesday, the IDPH reported that there were 225 confirmed cases of swine flu in Illinois, as well as 20 more probable cases. All but a few of those cases are in the Chicago area.

  • Vandalia's Cleanup Week is this week

    Vandalia residents who have been waiting for the opportunity to get rid of old appliances and other types of junk need wait no longer.

    The city-wide Cleanup Week is this Monday through Friday.

    Residents of the city who are customers of Doty Sanitation can place the unwanted items out with their regular trash on their regular trash pickup days.

    There are, however, some things that will not be picked up. They include:

    • Paint in a wet stage.

    • Vehicle batteries.

    • Tires.

    • Brush and landscape waste.

  • Gottman will speak at Chamber meeting

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman will be the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce's monthly meeting this Wednesday.

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