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  • Debit card fraud

    Area residents who use debit cards from their banks should be checking their bank accounts to make sure their cards haven’t been used by others for purchases in other states.

    That advice was given by Vandalia’s police chief and a local bank president after the discovery of local debit cards being compromised.

    Police Chief Larry Eason said on Monday that his department had heard from 25-30 residents who had learned of fraudulent purchases on their debit cards.

  • 'As Ever, Stan'

    A Fayette County filmmaker will be offering two local sneak peek screenings of his short film, “As Ever, Stan,” later this month in Greenville.

    The screenings of Alex Schwarm’s film will be shown at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at the Globe Theater.

    These screenings will be open to the public. Seating is limited, and tickets will be available at a nominal price at the box office.

  • City hires firm to look at river intake

    The city of Vandalia is turning to another engineering firm in yet another attempt to get its raw water intake on the Kaskaskia River fully operational.

    The Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to hire Gonzalez Companies to study the intake, which has been used very little since its installation in May 2005.

    Through that agreement, the engineering firm will complete within 70 days a study on the river intake. The city will pay the firm a maximum of $22,500 for its work.

  • Entries taken for karaoke contest at fair

    Entries are now being accepted for the karaoke contest that will be held next Tuesday evening at the Fayette County Fair.

    The contest, sponsored by WKRV Radio in Vandalia, will be held at 7:30 p.m.

    Cash prizes will be awarded.

    To register, contact WKRV Radio at 283-2325 during normal business hours.

  • Vandalia ready to distribute Looking for Lincoln rubbing kits

    From the time that the state established the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, Vandalia has always been in the forefront of completing projects designed to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois.

    Shortly after the state announced the startup of the coalition, which is made up of communities with Lincoln history, Mayor Rick Gottman formed a local Looking for Lincoln Committee, choosing Bill Donaldson to lead that group.

  • Committee backs TIF funds for Depot project

    A local family hoping to bring back a popular downtown Vandalia restaurant and bar took another step toward that goal on Tuesday.

    John Truitt Jr. of Shobonier heads a family group that wants to purchase The Depot property and rebuild the business that was gutted by fire close to two years ago.

    On Tuesday, Truitt received the backing of city officials and members of the city’s Tax Increment Financing in his attempt to use TIF monies for The Depot project.

  • Kaskaskia College continuing to grow

    In the past nine years, Kaskaskia College has grown more than any other community college. With 62-percent growth since 2001, KC ranks far ahead of even the second-place community college on that list, Joliet Community College, at 39 percent.

    That success has been possible, KC President Dr. James Underwood said at an open forum last week, because the institution has continued is philosophy of being accessible to the people who want to continue their education.

    Underwood said Kaskaskia offers classes at close to 10 sites within its district boundaries.

  • FAYCO facing large cuts

    It was only a couple of months ago that it took a team effort to prevent the closure of the Illinois Department of Human Services office in Vandalia. Now, it is a local organization that receives state funds through DHS that has an uncertain future.

    Bob Lindberg, executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, recently received a letter from the DHS stating that the agency will lose a number of grant programs and see significant reductions in funding for other programs if Gov. Pat Quinn OKs the budget presented by the Illinois General Assembly.

  • City's Motown forum goes off without any criticism

    Anyone who expected Vandalia officials to hear criticism about the $300-million sports and entertainment complex proposed for the city’s west side during a public forum last Thursday were likely surprised.

    That forum, set up by city officials after some residents asked for more information about the project proposed by Motown Technology and Sports Facility Inc., was exactly that – an informational meeting.

  • Downtown project currently ahead of schedule

    Despite all of the rain in recent weeks, the downtown improvement project is moving along at a good pace.

    At Vandalia Main Street’s fourth “Mornings on Main Street” meeting, Lorne Jackson of HMG Engineers told a group of downtown merchants that contractors have been able to stay ahead of the proposed pace.

    “As you can tell, we’ve gone to stage II of the project, between Sixth and Seventha streets,” Jackson said.