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  • Main Street looking for hay bales, corn stalks

    The Vandalia Main Street is looking for hay bales and corn stalks for next week's Corn Day celebration.

    Anyone who is willing to donate or sell hay bales and corn stalks at a reasonable price should contact the Main Street office, 283-8751. Main Street needs about 90 hay bales.

  • Kids' Safe-T Expo is Saturday

    The seventh annual Kids' Safe-T Expo will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

    The event will include children's car safety seat checks from 10 a.m.-noon, jumping houses, food, a children's photo ID stand, a duck pond and displays featuring an ambulance, helicopter and fire truck (with Pluggie).

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    The event is sponsored by the Fayette County Interagency Council and Safe Kids Coalition.

  • KC Vandalia Campus hosts fallen soldier exhibit

    Jarrod Snow, a student at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville who is serving an internship with the office of Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, sets up the "Portait of a Soldier" memorial exhibit at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on Monday. The exhibit, which includes portraits of 191 Illinois soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001, by Cameron Shilling. Quinn, along with some of the parents whose children are included in the exhibit, visited the KC Vandalia Campus on Wednesday afternoon to unveil the portraits.

  • City officials talk about restaurants and possible Relay for Life move

    The Vandalia City Council discussed restaurants on Monday – the burned-out home of a former restaurant, and the inability to lure more eateries.

    Alderman Bret Brosman said he feels it’s time for the owners of The Depot, which was gutted by fire on Labor Day of last year, do something about the remains of the structure.

    “It is unsightly and secure,” Brosman said.

    “It was an asset to our community, but (now) it is a burned-out hull,” he said. “The period of mourning (the loss of the restaurant) is over.

  • Stephens, city fighting Statehouse closure

    An area legislator told Vandalia officials on Monday night that he’s among the contingent of lawmakers pushing to keep the state’s historic sites and parks open.

    The mayor told that legislator that he has formed a team that will lobby legislators for that action.

    State Rep. Ron Stephens attended Monday’s city council meeting to present a $200,000 check for improvements.

    After handing over the check, Stephens offered to take any comments or questions from city officials.

  • Stock, Schukar named VCHS royalty
  • UPDATE-'Portrait of a Solider' on display at KC

    A riveting memorial for Illinois' fallen soldiers reached Vandalia on Monday. At the request of Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), the Portrait of a Soldier memorial exhibition is at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus on West Fillmore St., Vandalia.

    The memorial exhibition, which has been viewed by thousands of people in more than 35 cities and towns throughout Illinois, is a series of hand-drawn portraits of more than 180 Illinois men and women who have died in service to our country since Sept.11, 2001.

  • City gets $454,000 settlement from ICG

    After it shut down its north-side line from Freeport to Centralia in the early 1980s, Illinois Central Gulf Railroad began selling off the rail line right of way. The problem was that the land wasn’t ICG’s to sell.

    The recent conclusion of a class action suit provided reimbursement to the municipalities, organizations and individuals that purchased the land from ICG. Included in the settlement was the city of Vandalia.

  • Water, sewer rate hike likely

    Vandalia residents will likely see small increases in their water and sewer rates, starting next month.

    A 6.08-percent increase in water rates and a .59-percent hike in sewer rates are what’s being recommended, and what will go into effect unless the city council decides otherwise at its meeting next Monday night.

  • Committee recommends implementation of boulevard parking restrictions

    Vandalia residents whose vehicles have been blocking passages for pedestrians and vehicular traffic – even when they use their driveway – have been given a few weeks to come up with a new parking spot.

    And as the enforcement of the city ordinance that prohibits obstructing traffic is stepped up, the city is putting in place new guidelines for parking vehicles on residential boulevards.

    At a lengthy meeting last Wednesday night, the Vandalia City Council’s streets and sewers committee agreed to have the city enforce the following ordinance: