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  • Traffic study for Motown project OK'd

    If it comes to fruition, the $300-million sports and entertainment complex planned for Vandalia’s west side will obviously create much more traffic in that part of town.

    One of the first steps in that project is taking a close look at the impact of such a complex on traffic in the area of the western Interstate 70 interchange.

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to hire Crawford, Bunte and Brammeier, a traffic and transportation engineering firm, to perform such a study.

  • Inmate's escape is short-lived

    One day after being sentenced to jail, a Vandalia man escaped while working with a Fayette County Sheriff’s office work crew.

    But TJ R. Chumley’s escape was short-lived.

    Chumley was among a group of jail inmates mowing at the Fayette County Health Department last Wednesday morning when he fled. He was captured eight minutes later, still wearing his orange jail jumpsuit.

  • School board handles personnel and policy issues

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday held an abbreviated afternoon meeting that included the approval of a handful of personnel and policy issues.

    Also, new board member Connie Goldsmith was sworn in. She was named to the position earlier this month to fill the remaining two years of the position vacated by Tammy Woolsey.

    New teachers approved by the board were: Bethany Nave, pre-kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Primary School; Robyn DeMoulin, second-grade teacher at Vandalia Elementary School; and Annette McClintock, fourth-grade teacher at VES.

  • Wal-Mart pulls request for liquor license

    Wal-Mart officials notified the city of Vandalia that is not interested in a liquor license at this time.

    In a letter sent to Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman on Friday by e-mail and FedEx, Harlan C. Powell of Webster and Powell, a Chicago law firm representing Wal-Mart, said, "It has come to our attention that while our customers overwhelmingly support the inclusion of packaged liquor goods among the many products offered by Wal-Mart, there may not be sufficient public support at this time to facilitate the approval of Wal-Mart's request.

  • Many county soldiers took part in D-Day

    Nearly 3 million men were involved in the Normandy invasion June 6, 1944. Later known as D-Day, the simultaneous landings on beachheads code-named Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword by United States, British and Canadian forces was considered the single-most decisive event in the 20th century.

    Planning the invasion took more than a year, with 5,000 large ships, 4,000 small landing craft and more than 11,000 aircraft involved. It was actually scheduled for June 5, but bad weather delayed the offensive.

  • KC Phase II in state capital bill

    All that’s needed for the construction of the second phase of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus is one signature.

    That one signature will also help to bring the four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51 closer to Vandalia.

    But that one signature may be a little hard to get.

    The Illinois General Assembly has approved a new capital construction bill, and it now sits on the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn.

  • 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.