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  • Lincoln program draws about 350 people

    Kevin Kaegy guessed that the crowd in the House of Representatives chambers at the Vandalia Statehouse on Thursday evening was the largest since Abraham Lincoln worked in that room.

    Kaegy was the keynote speaker for the Lincoln’s Birthday program at the Statehouse, which attracted about 350 people.

    Thursday was the first time since the end of November that the public was allowed to enter the Statehouse. That’s when all state historic sites and state parks were closed by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich as a way of cutting state expenses.

  • Family Y rec center meetings are Monday night

    The Family Y of Fayette County plans to build a community recreation center in Vandalia – and they’d like to tell you more about it.

    To accomplish that, two public meetings will be held next Monday, Feb. 23, in the Little Theater of Vandalia Elementary School – one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.

    “The purpose of these meetings,” said Family Y Executive Director John Ashdown, “is to let the public know what our plans are.

  • Downtown work will start soon

    The reopening of the Vandalia Statehouse seems imminent – all that’s needed is one signature.

    Mayor Rick Gottman told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that the only thing delaying the reopening of the Statehouse is Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature.

    Gottman said the state’s Central Management Services has OK’d the hiring of a laid-off state employee to assist Site Superintendent Mary Cole.

  • Vandalia school administrators rehired

    The Vandalia School Board on Tuesday approved the re-employment of all district administrators for the 2008-2009 school year.

    On that list are Rich Well as superintendent, Randy Protz as Vandalia Community High School principal, Brian Kern as Vandalia Community High School assistant principal, Rod Grimsley as Vandalia Junior High School principal, Brian Holliday as Vandalia Junior High School assistant principal, Stacy South as Vandalia Elementary School principal and Donna Cripe as Jefferson Elementary School principal.

  • LEAM training is Tuesday night

    University of Illinois Extension will provide computer training to Fayette County on the Land use Evolution and impact Assessment Model (LEAM) project.

    This training is the next step in the LEAM planning/design project focused on the future land uses and developments throughout the South Central Illinois Region, including Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper and Marion counties.

    The agenda for the training will include an introduction to the LEAM project, the basics of navigating the LEAM web site.

  • Rademacher hired for Centralia superintendent post

    Vandalia native David H. Rademacher, who is in his third year as superintendent of schools in Patoka, has been named superintendent of Centralia City Schools.

    In that position, Rademacher will oversee the education of students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. He will begin his duties July 1.

    He previously served as principal of the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school in Ramsey. Before that, he was a business teacher and coach at Vandalia Community High School.

  • Video-SpiritSingers perform at Lincoln Program
  • Bluegrass festival will replace Grande Leve this year

    The Vandalia Statehouse will reopen in the near future, but it does not look like the state’s oldest existing capitol will host its annual period celebration on Father’s Day weekend.

    But a local organization is ready to step in and offer a substitute festival that weekend.

    The Vandalia Tourism Commission is working on a three-day bluegrass festival, according to Dean Black, commission member and city alderman.

    “I think we’ll have something that people are really going to enjoy,” Black told the city council last week.

  • Fayette County to receive emergency food and shelter funds

    Fayette County has been chosen to receive $20,003.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the County.

    The selection was made by the National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, and the United Way of America. The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

  • E911 board gets to work

    The committee charged with implementing Enhanced 911 service in Fayette County learned pretty quickly that it has a monumental task.

    But the person leading that committee still believes that the task can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel, who also serves as chairman of the county’s new Emergency Telephone System Board, told county board members on Tuesday that the new group has held one meeting.