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  • Committee supports 5 TIF projects

    A committee charged with making recommendations on the distribution of funds generated through Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing program is supporting TIF aid to five applicants.

    That committee also tabled two applications, including one for assistance to make needed improvements to the Liberty Theater building on South Fourth Street and one for improvements to Vandalia Community High School.

  • Vandalia man gets 12 years for meth offenses

    A Vandalia man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison in federal court on methamphetamine charges.

    A. Courtney Cox, a U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said on Monday that Brenton D. Bliss, 38, of rural Vandalia, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to two terms of 151 months in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. The two prison terms will run concurrently (at the same time).

  • Monday at 4 p.m.-Vandalia man sentenced in federal prison

    Brenton D. Bliss of rural Vandalia was sentenced to 151 months in prison in federal court.

    Bliss was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of meth with the intent to distribute and on a second county of possession of meth with the intent to deliver.

    For more, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Council OKs documents for new elderly housing development

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday two documents related to a planned housing development geared toward elder residents of the community.

    The council OK’d a preliminary site plan and a preliminary plat for Glen Haven Subdivision, which is being developed by Kevin and Jessica Satterthwaite off of Locust Street, south of Fillmore Street.

  • New pact for Vandalia teachers OK'd

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday ratified a three-year contract with the Vandalia Unit Teachers’ Association that gives teachers an annual pay increase of 3 percent.

    The agreement comes after a salary freeze last year and a 1.5-percent increase the previous year. It brings the base salary to $34,722, including the teacher retirement allocation (or $31,458 without teacher retirement).

  • Council OKs downtown project

    With the future loss of more than 100 jobs due to Orgills decision to build a new distribution center in Missouri, Vandalia has to reassess its priorities, Mayor Rick Gottman said at a meeting on Tuesday night.

    But, he said, while the city has to refocus its efforts on getting more jobs, it cannot put off a plan to revitalize the downtown business district.

    At the conclusion of that Tuesday meeting, the Vandalia City Council decided to move ahead with the project that includes significant improvements along Gallatin Street between Third and Seventh streets.

  • Goggin leaning toward write-in candidacy

    For the second time in five months, a Fayette County electoral board has ruled that Greenville attorney Dan Goggin cannot appear on the November ballot as a Republican candidate for state’s attorney.

    But Goggin, whose plan to challenge Democrat incumbent Stephen Friedel has included a short-lived plan to run as incumbent, said he still wants to run for state’s attorney – as a write-in candidate.

  • UPDATE- 10 a.m. Tuesday-Electoral Board grants Friedel objection; Goggin leaning toward write-in candidacy

    At the conclusion of a Monday hearing, a Fayette County Electoral Board ruled for a second time that Greenville attorney Dan Goggin cannot appear on the November ballot as a Republican candidate for state's attorney.

    In seeking to earn a spot on the ballot as the GOP candidate, Goggin argued that an electoral board illegally met in closed session to deliberate and that there was no open vote on the board's ruling.

  • Color guard car wash is Saturday

    The Vandalia Community High School color guard is holding a car wash this Saturday to raise funds for its trip to the Outback Bowl.

    The car wash will be held from 9 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m. at Sunset 66, located at Sunset Drive and Veterans Avenue.

  • Township officials meeting here on Thursday

    Fayette County will be hosting a seminar for Township Officials of Fayette County on Thursday evening at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Center.

    The event will run from 7-9 p.m., with Joe Hill, Sharon Township supervisor, delivering the welcome.

    The election of the group's officers will be held, followed by an address on networking and communication by Bryan Smith, Township Officials of Illinois executive director.

    The evening will also include 40-minute break-out sessions on such topics as general assistance, and communication and networking.