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  • City will ask unions for wage freezes

    In hopes of avoiding layoffs and furlough days, Vandalia officials will be asking city employees to agree to wage freezes for six months.

    After meeting in closed session for close to an hour on Monday, the city council agreed to take proposals for wage increases to the unions representing the city’s laborers, police officers and telecommunicators.

    The city has prepared memorandums of understanding for the pay freezes, which would run from May 1-Oct. 31, and Mayor Rick Gottman said the city will attempt to set up a meeting with the union representatives.

  • City has to search for owners of Letters and Logos

    One of the city of Vandalia’s first steps in attempting to recoup loan money given to a local industry is finding the owners of that industry.

    In January and February in Fayette County Circuit Court, the city was granted temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions against Letters and Logos Inc., and its owners, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Buehler.

  • Neighbors United for St. Elmo's Future plans to address many issues

    After Mayor Larry Tish fired Ken Thomason late last year, several factions of St. Elmo residents began efforts to get Thomason reinstated as police chief. Several months later, those factions came together to form one group.

    And while the reinstatement of Thomason is currently the main focus of Neighbors United for St. Elmo’s Future, the president of the new group said it plans to get involved on all issues affecting the community and its residents.

  • Chamber meeting is Wednesday

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse.

     

    The meeting includes a noon luncheon, followed by a business meeting and a program. This month's program is Desiree Bennyhoff, communications director of the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, speaking on the Member to Member Privilege Program.

  • Fire destroys four businesses

    Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire early Tuesday morning that destroyed four buildings in downtown Vandalia.

    Cages, Donaldson Carpet, Gathe’s Tax and Accounting Service, and Dennis Gerkin’s State Farm Insurance Agency were destroyed in that blaze, which kept Vandalia firemen busy through much of the day.

    Two investigators with the Office of the State Fire Marshal visited the scene on Tuesday, and a determination on the cause had not been made by press time on Wednesday.

  • How to reach Donaldson's Carpet, Gathe's Tax & Accounting, Gerkin's State Farm & Vandalia GMAC Real Estate

    Donaldson's Carpet

    283-3478

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    Gathe's Tax & Accounting

    283-0401

    292-5329, 292-7067

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    Gerkin's State Farm

    283-1625

    267-1626

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    Vandalia GMAC Real Estate

    283-4436

     

  • Mayor, merchants talk about downtown project

    Two representatives of the city explained to a group of Vandalia merchants on Friday afternoon what they’ve been told about the lengthy closure of two block of Gallatin Street.

    Now, they’re hoping that the merchants will be able to hear from those who have direct control over the closure.

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman was accompanied by Public Works Director John Moyer at a noon meeting held at Something Special Florist.

  • FCH discusses future of ambulance service

    The Fayette County Hospital Board on Monday heard a presentation from the owner of an Effingham County ambulance service who plans to launch an ambulance operation in Fayette County this spring.

  • Fire destroys four downtown businesses

    A fire that was reported shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday destroyed four businesses in downtown Vandalia.

    The fire, which reportedly started at Cages in the 200 block of West Third Street, destroyed Cages, Donaldson Carpet, Gathe's Tax & Accounting Service, and Dennis Gerkin's State Farm Insurance agency. A fifth building, which houses Vandalia GMAC Real Estate, sustained some smoke and water damage.

    Firemen were still at the scene through Tuesday afternoon, and two investigators with the office of the State Fire Marshal were at the scene.

  • Friday-1 p.m.- City gets 4th Street intersection opened

    Vandalia officials have thus far been unsuccessful at getting the 300 and 400 blocks of Gallatin Street opened to traffic, but they have gotten the Fourth Street intersection reopened.

    Mayor Rick Gottman and Public Works Director John Moyer said the intersection would be opened up on Friday afternoon, making that announcement during a meeting they held with downtown merchants to explain the status of the downtown project.

    That intersection will remain open unless snow and/or ice would necessitate its closure.