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  • 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.

  • UPDATE-2:30 p.m. Thursday---LaDage appointed to electoral board

    Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm announced on Thursday afternoon that he had appointed Bill LaDage to the Fayette County Electoral Board.

    LaDage, a Vandalia resident who is a retired school teacher and principal, will serve on the electoral board with Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri Braun and Fayette County Sheriff Aaron Lay at a hearing on Monday afternoon.

  • UPDATE-8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14: Electoral Board to convene on Monday

    The Fayette County Electoral Board, with new two members, will convene on Monday afternoon to decide whether Greenville attorney Dan Goggin may run as the Republican candidate for state's attorney.

    An electoral board hearing was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, but the board could not legally convene because it was one member short.

  • Watson gives chamber members a capitol update

    Four years ago, when area residents played a key role in staving off Gov. Rod Blagojevichs attempt to close Vandalia Correctional Center, their efforts were in the forefront as legislators worked to prevent something like this happening in the future.

    Now, legislators are looking at Orgills plan to close its Vandalia facility as they consider ways to make Illinois more competitive in the arena of economic development.

  • County board appoints Ruot circuit clerk

    The Fayette County Board voted 9-4 on Tuesday to appoint Mary Sue Ruot to the circuit clerk position, but not before some discussion about politics being involved in the appointment.

    Doing most of the talking was board Chairman Steve Knebel, who said he was prepared to appoint Ruot to the post, despite opposition from Republicans.

    At issue was whether it was fair to appoint Ruot to the post vacated by the retirement of Marsha Wodtka, because Ruot is a candidate for circuit clerk in the November general election. She is being opposed by Republican Nona Nonie Beckman.