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  • Illinois House votes to impeach Blagojevich

    The Illinois House of Representatives voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) cast the lone dissenting vote, and Rep. Elga Jefferies (D-Chicago) voted "present."

    The impeachment comes one month after Blagojevich was arrested at his home by federal agents on fraud and bribery charges.

    Blagojevich visited Vandalia twice when running for governor in 2002, but did not come to town during the 2006 campaign.

  • Tickets available for Chamber of Commerce banquet

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will be held Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at the American Legion in Vandalia. The evening will consist of a catered meal, presentation of the Abe Awards and entertainment by ventriloquist Greg Claasen. The banquet begins at 6:00pm with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7:00pm.

  • City OKs bid for downtown sewer work

    More than eight years after Sandra Leidner broached the idea of making improvements to Vandalia’s downtown business district, the city is on the verge of seeing some of that work get under way.

    And, hopefully, the city will learn in about a week whether there are contractors interested in taking on another phase of the downtown improvements.

    On its fourth attempt, after separating facets of the projects due to unsuccessful bidding attempts in the past, the Vandalia City Council has accepted a bid for sewer line improvements in the downtown business district.

  • St. Elmo, Brownstown consolidation hearings later this month

    Residents of the St. Elmo and Brownstown school districts will have two opportunities at the end of this month to learn about the proposed consolidation of the two districts.

    Meeting three weeks after the state superintendent of education approved an application to put a consolidation referendum on the April 7 ballot, the Committee of 10 that submitted the application set two meetings to present consolidation information to residents.

    The public hearings have been set for:

    • Wednesday, Jan. 28 – 6 p.m. in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.

  • 2008 a year of successes

    Fayette County students began taking classes at Kaskaskia College’s new campus in Vandalia.

    A fight to get the Vandalia Statehouse reopened ended when an anonyomous donor stepped forward with the funds needed to pay a state employee.

    Fayette County residents had choices when it came to electing a state’s attorney, circuit clerk and coroner in November.

    Those were among the stories from 2008. Today, we continue our look back at last year.

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  • Ice Sculpture

    Area residents awoke on Tuesday morning to find everything covered with a thin layer of ice. The freezing rain left icicles hanging from Vandalia Main Street's statue of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Park.

  • FCH will host two health care discussions this Thursday

    President-Elect Barack Obama has made it clear that health care reform is one of his top priorities.

    That’s why the Obama-Biden transition team is asking people to give their own thoughts and ideas how to fix the system at Health Care Community Discussions all across the country.

    It will take all of us working together to tackle health care reform, and we are counting on Americans from every walk of life to get involved.

    Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care will host two community discussions, both on Thursday, Jan. 8.

  • County to make offer on Washington School

    The Fayette County Board is on the verge of buying property that served as a Vandalia school for about 70 years.

    Meeting in special session on Monday night, the board voted unanimously to make an offer on the Washington School building.

    The board approved a $1,000 earnest check, then voted to make a $75,000 offer to the Fayette County Knights of Columbus for the building in the 300 block of South Eighth Street in Vandalia.

  • Despite some uncertainty, 2008 had some successes

    A word that could best describe 2008 in Vandalia and Fayette County is “uncertainty.”

    In the past year, rains that came often and early caused Fayette County farmers to be uncertain about this year’s crops.

    Area residents employed at Orgill’s distribution center were uncertain about the future of their jobs for an extended period. In July, those workers learned that Orgill will close the local center when it opens a new distribution center in Missouri.

  • York will get to argue on conflict of interest

    A rural Ramsey man who was found guilty of first-degree murder in October will have the opportunity to argue for a new sentence.

    At a hearing on Tuesday morning, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm appointed Vandalia attorney Marc Kelly to represent Michael York in future court proceedings.