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  • 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.

  • Ramsey Daze begins on Thursday

    The 21st annual Ramsey Daze celebration is Thursday through Saturday.

    A large carnival set up in Lions Park will be open from 6-10 p.m. the first two nights and from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday.

    Eleven boys and girls are entered in the annual Little Miss and Mister Pageant that starts the weekend celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by an evening of free music by the “Prairieland Pickers.” Reigning royalty are Brenna Hayes and Mister Zayn Sidener.

    Friday night features the annual garden tractor pull and more free music, all starting at 6 p.m.

  • 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.