Local News

  • School district still struggling with shortfalls in state funding

    Though the Vandalia Community School District was able to save $275,000 in payroll costs by not filling openings left by retiring staffers, it still may be hard pressed to keep up with plummeting state funds.
    “We saved $275,000 without cutting a job,” Superintendent Rich Well told the school board Tuesday night. “We did all that through retirements. Nobody is going to the unemployment line because we cut their job.”

  • City staying in the black

    In sifting through the city of Vandalia’s budget for the new fiscal year, one would see some funds ending the year with a positive balance and some with a deficit.
    But, overall, Mayor Rick Gottman emphasized, the budget shows the city in the black at the end of the new fiscal year on April 30, 2013.
    The city council approved a new budget in a special session at the end of last month, then approved an amended version of the financial document last week.

  • Krueger joins L-U staff

    The Leader-Union has hired Freddie Krueger as an advertising sales representative.

  • Man in prison for meth wants to withdraw plea

    A Vandalia man who pleaded guilty to two methamphetamine charges wants to withdraw his plea on one of those charges.
    In a motion filed late last month in Fayette County Circuit Court, Eric L. Hohlt stated that the “wishes to withdraw his guilty plea and receive a reduced sentence.”
    Hohlt, in a motion filed by his attorney, Jeffrey A. Long, states that he wants to be resentenced on a charge of manufacturing up to 400 grams of methamphetamine.
    He was charged on March 2 with that offense.

  • Postal food drive is this Saturday

    City and rural carriers at the Vandalia Post Office will “Stamp Out Hunger” this Saturday, when the annual food drive celebrates its 20th year.
    On that day, carriers will collect non-perishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their routes.
    The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive, held in conjunction with the Postal Service, is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

  • Vandalia's Cleanup Week begins Monday

    Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the opportunity to get rid of unwanted items during the city’s annual Cleanup Week, May 14-18.
    The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.
    Residents wishing to get rid of old appliances and other large items are not required to call city hall. They need only to place those large items out with their regular trash.

  • Farina Board informs residents of changes

    The Farina Village Board announced on Tuesday that the village hall will not be open daily, but that business will continue to operate as normal, with all village departments working to serve the community.
    Changes have been implemented in order to save citizens and business owners money during these days of inflation and budget cuts by government, officials said.
    The water bills will be mailed out to customers on a monthly basis, as before, and due at the specified date on the bill.

  • Committee will study VVFD's options

    A team that includes Vandalia’s mayor and the chiefs of the city’s volunteer fire department will be studying possible funding and operations options for that department in the future.
    For the time being, Mayor Rick Gottman emphasized, the fire department will continue to serve city residents and those in outlying areas as they always have.

  • County OKs liquor license for wine house

    The Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday a liquor license for a couple planning to operate a wine house in Wheatland Township.
    The license, which will allow the sale of all types of alcohol, is being issued to Mark and Tammy Lash, who are turning a house in the St. James area into Summer Breeze Wine House.
    Prior to the issuance of a license, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the couple plans to have the wine house open only on Sundays, and that it will be selling wines produced at Illinois wineries.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 10

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    ✔ The Vandalia Band Boosters will hold a Country Rhodes all-you-can-eat fish, shrimp and chicken buffet from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Vandalia Junior High School cafeteria. The cost is $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 12 and under.