Local News

  • School board vote totals

    *Connie Goldsmith-979
    *Judy Wasmuth-895
    *Jay G. Smith-889
    *Matt Hall-917

    *Kent L. Kistler-200
    *Brian Oberlink-239
    *Danyele Harre-204
    Michele Powell-164

    ST. ELMO
    *Josh R. Bushue-398
    *E. Dean Buzzard-469
    *Shannon Moss-476

    *Pat Click-196
    *Jim Thomas-204
    *Jim Masset-212

  • Community Calendar

    Thursday, April 7

    ✔ 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. For more information, contact Donna Morell at 423-2916.
    Friday, April 8

  • 50th Annual Ramsey Lions' Community Sale

    Pleasant weather and big bargains resulted in a large crowd in downtown Ramsey on Saturday for the Ramsey Lions Club's 50th annual Ramsey Community Sale.

    In the first photo, a portion of the crowd on Saturday afternoon gathers around one of the many auctioneer trucks used for the sale in Lions Park. In the second photo, Skylar McElroy, 5, of Salem, tries out one of the lawn tractors up for sale. Chad Cooley, third photo was one of the auctioneers handling the sale of everything from tractors to tea sets.

  • City begins work on new budget

    With a draft in their hands, Vandalia officials were getting to work on a new budget on Tuesday afternoon.
    “We must have a balanced budget,” Mayor Rick Gottman said at Monday’s council meeting, when he presented city aldermen with a draft of a budget for the fiscal year that begins on May 1.
    Gottman said that he was to meet with the city’s department heads on Tuesday afternoon to begin the process of fine-tuning the new budget.

  • Sales tax soundly defeated

    Fayette County voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a 1-percent sales tax that would benefit school districts in the county.
    Unofficial vote totals in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun show that 58 percent of those going to the polls on Tuesday voted against the school tax. The unofficial vote total was 1,641-no and 1,166-yes.
    Vandalia School District officials hoped to use funds generated by the sales tax to abate bonds and lower the property taxes of residents of the district.

  • Clark brothers unseat incumbents

    Vandalia has four new aldermen as a result of the consolidated election, with two of the winners on Tuesday unseating incumbents.
    In St. Elmo, all three winners – including two incumbents – were write-in candidates.
    The winners in Vandalia included brothers Neil Clark and B. John Clark.
    Neil Clark received 25 votes to lead a field of four Ward I candidates. Incumbent Bret Brosman was second with 20 votes, and Jason Paslay and Kenneth W. Hubler each garnered 19 votes.

  • Vandalia incumbents unseated

    In the two contested Vandalia City Council races, the incumbents were unseated.

    In St. Elmo, all three write-in candidates won aldermanic seats.

    In Vandalia, Neil F. Clark won the Ward I race with 24 votes. Incumbent Bret Brosman had 20 votes, and Jason Paslay and Ken Huber each had 19.

    In the other contested race, for a four-year term in Ward IV, B. John Clark defeated Larry K. Cable, 158-149.

  • What the sales tax monies can & can't be used for

    A school district MAY use sales tax revenues for:
    • The abatement of bonds.
    • New facilities, additions and renovations.
    • Land acquisitions.
    • Ongoing maintenance.
    • Architectural planning.
    • Durable equipment (non-moveable items).
    • Fire prevention and Life Safety issues.
    • Disabled access.
    • Security.
    • Energy efficiency.
    • Parking lots.
    • Demolition.
    • Roof repairs.

  • Sales Tax Exemptions

    The new sales tax would not apply to:
    •  Titled or licensed vehicles, including cars, trucks, ATV’s and motorcycles.
    •  Unprepared food (groceries), drugs (including over-the-counter drugs and vitamins) and medical supplies.
    •  Resale items.
    •  Boats and recreational vehicles.
    •  Mobile homes.
    •  Specifically exempted goods such as farm equipment, parts, inputs and service.

  • Sales Tax Ballot Question

    Shall the County of Fayette, Illinois, be authorized to impose a retailers’ occupation tax and a service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a “sales tax”) at a rate of 1% to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?