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  • Main Street's 'Nite at the Races' is Feb. 7

    The Vandalia Main Street Program will hold its fifth annual "Nite at the Races" on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Vandalia Country & Golf Club.

    A social hour at 6 p.m. is followed by eight consecutive horse races, with the first getting under way at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door. Prizes will be awarded for best-decorated tables, best-dressed jockey and ladies with fancy hats. The evening concludes with a live auction.

    For tickets, contact the Main Street office, 283-8751.

  • Agendas set for St. Elmo-Brownstown consolidation hearings

    The St. Elmo and Brownstown school district officials have set the agendas for the public hearings being held this week on the proposed consolidation.

    The first hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria, and the second will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the St. Elmo Junior-Senior High School cafeteria.

    The agenda for both meetings is as follows:

    1) Roll Call.

    2) Opening statements by Dean Buzzard, co-chairman of the Committee of Ten formed for the consolidation.

  • City approves bid for streetscape work

    Two weeks after approving a bid for infrastructure improvements in the downtown business district, the Vandalia City Council has OK’d a bid for above-ground enhancements.

    The council voted 5-2 on Monday to accept the bid of Hanks Excavating & Landscaping Inc. of Belleville for streetscape work along Gallatin Street that will include new sidewalks, period lighting and the relocation of utility lines underground.

  • VCHS truancies, disciplinary cases drop dramatically

    After a full semester of operating Vandalia Community High School with a closed noon hour, administrators are crediting that change for a dramatic decline in absenteeism and other disciplinary problems.

    Citing numerous comparisons between this fall’s statistics and those from a year ago, Brian Kern, assistant principal at the school, told the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday that the results were “surprising.”

    In the case of truancy or skipping school, his term was “unbelievable.”

  • St. Elmo man found guilty of sex offenses

    A St. Elmo man will be sentenced on three major sex offenses next month.

    Derek M. Klincar, 22, was found guilty of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse at the conclusion of a two-day jury trial in Fayette County Circuit Court.

    The jury deliberated just 30 minutes before returning the guilty verdicts on the afternoon of Jan. 6. His sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 30.

  • Vandalia already has two candidates for mayor

    Rick Gottman will have at least one challenger as he seeks a third term as Vandalia's mayor.

    Gottman and John David Wehrle Jr. have filed nominating petitions for the April 7 mayoral race, according to City Clerk Peggy Bowen.

    Neil Clark has also taken out a petition, but he had not filed that petition as of Wednesday morning.

    Petitions for municipal and school boards may be filed through the end of the day Monday.

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  • New Wave switches to high-def; some channels have new numbers

    If you are a New Wave subscriber, you may have already noticed something different about your cable TV channels – many of them now have a different number.

    Vandalia City Administrator Jimmy Morani told the Vandalia City Council on Monday night that a New Wave official told him recently that changes in some cable TV numbers are part of the cable provider’s switch over to high-definition quality for its channels.

    The switch was to take place on Tuesday morning, Morani said.

  • Gottman, Wehrle file for mayoral race

    Rick Gottman will have at least one challenger as he seeks a third term as a Vandalia mayor.

    Gottman and John David Wehrle Jr. have filed nominating petitions for the April 7 mayoral race, according to City Clerk Peggy Bowen.

    Others who have filed include Bowen, who is seeking a fourth term as clerk, and Marjorie Blythe, running for a fourth term as treasurer. Both are unopposed at this point.

    Four incumbents are among the five individuals who have filed as aldermanic candidates:

    Ward I – Incumbent Jerry Swarm.

  • Fundraising effort for new Family Y recreation center runs through May 1

    For more than a decade, Family YMCA of Fayette County leaders have hoped for and worked toward a new facility that would allow the entity to better serve the residents of this area.

    With architectural drawings in hand and a substantial amount of money in its coffers, the Family Y is getting closer to that goal.

    In a presentation to the Vandalia City Council last Monday, John Ashdown said the Family Y is working on a 16,900-square-foot facility on the city’s west side.