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  • Downtown improvement project kicks into high gear

    It’s not quite the project that Sandra Leidner first envisioned more than a decade ago. But the main focus of the downtown improvements she wanted are still there.

    It was in February 1999 when Leidner, as Vandalia’s mayor, proposed that the city apply for a federal Transportation Equity Act grant that would provide 80 percent of the funding for downtown improvements.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Funds for Phase II of KC Campus in capital bill

    State funds for the second phase of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus are included in the capital bill approved by the Illinois General Assembly.

    State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) confirmed on Friday evening that the new capital bill awaiting the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn includes $5.6 million for the second phase of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

    That capital bill also ups the funds for the current phase of the U.S. Route 51 expansion to four lanes from $20 million to $54 million, McCarter said.

  • Developer seeking funds for complex project

    Vandalia officials should have a better idea within the next few days whether the proposed $300 million sports and entertainment complex project will move forward.

    JoAnn Givens, the city’s director of economic development and tourism, told the city council on Monday that Kenneth Bardwell, who heads up the Michigan-based group planning to build the complex, is in New York trying to finalize financing for the project.

  • Goldsmith appointed to school board seat

    At a special Tuesday afternoon meeting that focused on personnel issues, the Vandalia Community School District Board of Education named a new school board member and hired several employees and coaches at the junior high and high school.

    Connie Goldsmith of rural Shobonier was named to fill the remaining two years of the position vacated by Tammy Woolsey on the seven-member board.

    Other personnel action included:

    Approval of employment of cooks – Dana Smith at Vandalia Community High School; Coni Diveley, Vandalia Junior High School; and Kim Carroll, VJHS.

  • Relay for Life is this weekend

    The annual event held to raise funds for the fight against cancer will take on a decidedly different flavor this year, because of its location.

    The Fayette County Relay for Life has been moved from the track at Vandalia Community High School to the Lincoln Loop Walking Trail that runs through three Vandalia parks.

    The event, “Party in the Park,” will feature a number of new activities and attractions as it runs from 5 p.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Sunday.

  • W-M seeks liquor license; new lake manager hired

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday that Wal-Mart has formally requested a package liquor license.

    The council will discuss that request at its June 15 meeting. By statute, the council sets the number of liquor licenses, and it's up to the mayor, as the city's liquor commissioner whether a license petition is OK'd.

    Also at Monday's meeting, the council approved the hiring of Rob Schukar as the new Vandalia Lake manager. Schukar succeeds Chuck Ruot, who is retiring after 23 years.

  • Main Street committee begins downtown makeover

    As construction crews get into the meat of a year-long project to enhance Vandalia’s downtown business district, a group of Vandalia Main Street volunteers has begun its contribution to dressing out the downtown.

    Members of the Main Street’s design committee were among the volunteer painters working on two downtown businesses on Saturday, May 23.

    The committee headed up by Steve Barker kicked off its “Paint the Town” project that day by painting the exteriors of Higgins’ Dry Cleaners and Clymer TV & Appliances.

  • Vandalia Lake manager retires

    Vandalia officials have begun the process of selecting a successor to the man who has managed Vandalia Lake for more than two decades.

    The Vandalia City Council learned at last week’s meeting that Chuck Ruot was stepping down as lake manager after 23 years at that post.

    Ruot submitted his letter of retirement to Mayor Rick Gottman on May 9, stating that he was notifying lake committee Chairman Mike Hobler of his retirement on that day.

  • VCHS relay team repeats as state champs

    The Vandalia Community High School girls 4x400 relay team repeated as state champions on Saturday.

    The Lady Vandals repeated with a time of 4:00.58, nipping second-place finisher Newton by just .3 seconds.

    The relay team consisting of Paige Dodson, Ashley Durbin, Tori Hagy and Kayla Houston set a new school record in the process of winning the state title. The new record beat the old record of 4:03.47, which was set in last year's state finals win.

     

     

  • Curriculum program presented to school board on Tuesday

    After hearing a presentation on the district’s curriculum mapping progress from second-grade teacher Kim Well, the Vandalia Board of Education handled a variety of year-end matters at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.