Local News

  • Regional superintendents getting paid

    After working for nearly five months without being paid, Julie Wollerman is looking forward to seeing a check with her name on it.
    It’s scheduled to arrive next week.
    “There were times I wondered how to go forward,” said Wollerman, the regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties. “But I never wavered on continuing to provide the services we had contracted to do. You just do what you have to do.”

  • Council supports slight tax levy increase

    As they were asked to reach an informal consensus on a new tax levy, Vandalia’s aldermen were encouraged to support the same levy option that they would vote for in two weeks.
    The reason for that, local CPA Dale Timmermann said, is to avoid wasting both time and money.
    Timmermann presented city council members with three levy options during a work session prior to Monday’s council meeting, and six of seven aldermen present for the session supported a levy that is .82-percent higher than the 2010 levy extension.

  • Judged to be the best

    Jody Goldsboro doesn’t perform her work with a goal of winning awards or receiving other types of recognition. In fact, she shies away from that type of thing.

  • Two unions agree to pay freeze

    Two unions representing city of Vandalia employees have agreed to pay freezes through next spring.
    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday settlement agreements with the police and telecommunicators that call for those employees’ base pay to be frozen through April 30, 2012.
    Those employees will continue to receive longevity step increases during that period.
    In exchange, the city has agreed not to implement furlough days or lay off any of those employees during that period.
    Also at Monday’s meeting:

  • Toys for Tots Drive Under Way

  • CORRECTION: Chorus concert is Dec. 11

    It was incorrectly stated in our Community Calendar in this week's issue that the VCHS chorus concert is this Sunday.

    The concert is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.

    The concert information was included in a report given to the Vandalia Board of Education this week, with Sunday listed as the date of the concert, with no date listed.

    We apologize for the error.

  • Winners in Soroptimist contest chosen

    Soroptimist International of the Americas is conducting the fourth annual Live Your Dream Art Contest. The contest invites boys and girls, ages 4-18, to design their own logo for the Live Your Dream Campaign.

  • Girl Scouts at VCA Work at The Closet

    The junior and cadette Girl Scout troops from Vandalia Christian Academy helped put clothes on hangers last week as a community service project.

    The Closet is a ministry of First Baptist Church in Vandalia that supplies free clothing and toys to needy families in the community. Pictured above, from left to right, are Hope Budny-Clymer, Stacy Hudson, Kirsten Sharp, Hailey Cunetto, Sarah Milash, Audrey Myers and Kayleigh Ellis.

  • Law Dogs Donate to VVFD

    Local members of Law Dogs, a law enforcement motorcycle club, recently donated $1,200 to the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Foodbank serves 267 households

    With 53 local volunteers helping with the distribution of food, the Central Illinois Foodbank mobile pantry served 267 households on Saturday morning in the parking lot at Pinnacle Foods in St. Elmo.

    Food was given out to 986 individuals, with that total including 435 children. Helping with the distribution were members of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, Soroptimist International of Vandalia, St. Elmo Lions Club, St. Elmo FFA and ICCS, as well as Pinnacle employees.