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  • Honor Chorus concert is this Saturday

    The Vandalia Elementary School's Honor Chorus will present its spring performance at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday in the Vandalia Elementary School gym.

    The chorus will be singing songs from "High School Musical."

    The concert is free, but donations will be accepted in honor of Carol Osborne, the Honor Chorus founder. The proceeds will go to Fayette County Relay for Life, which will be held on Saturday, June 7, on the high school track.

  • Watson works to stabilize VCC operations for future

    State Senator Frank Watson (R-Greenville) says hes disappointed the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) is proceeding with its ill-conceived plan to close the farm operation at the Vandalia Correctional Center (VCC), but hes hopeful commitments to enhance the Beverage and Meat Processing plants stabilizes the facility for the future.

  • City restricts parking at senior center

    The Vandalia City Council discussed at length on Monday whether to impose parking restrictions for the Vandalia Senior Citizens Center.

    And while a couple of aldermen questioned whether to limit parking there, or even whether it is the citys place to do so, an ordinance amendment putting those controls on the books was approved unanimously.

  • Parking draws lengthy debate

    After lengthy debate during both a committee meeting and the regular council meeting on Monday night, the Vandalia City Council approved action related to parking in the 200 block of South Second Street.

    The council, acting upon complaints of the Redwood Inn owners, agreed to have parking space lines painted along the east side on the north end of that block, adjacent to the new vehicle display lot created by Arthur Young Inc.

  • Vandalia wraps up small industry

    A small industry has relocated to Vandalia.

    JoAnn Givens, the citys director of economic development and tourism, announced at Mondays Vandalia City Council meeting that BindTech Products Inc. has moved to Vandalia from Shelbyville.

    BindTech, which is a sales and service company specializing in the repair and maintenance of bindery equipment for the printing industry, currently employs seven people, though it hopes to expand in the future, Givens said.

  • Soil, water conservation district waiting for release of state funds

    While Illinois governor continues to work on adding services for state residents, some agencies are struggling to survive because Rod Blagojevich has failed to released their already promised allocations.

    The Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District is among those agencies, having received less than a quarter of their budgeted amount.

    To date, the SWCD has been given $14,000, or about 18 percent of its appropriated amount, for this years operations. The state budget includes $88,000 for the conservation district.

  • NEW UPDATE-April 13--State's attorney files papers objecting to opponent's petition

    Update-A meeting to review Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel's objection will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the conference room on the second floor of the Fayette County Courthouse.

    Fayette County’s state’s attorney has filed a formal objection to the resolution of candidacy filed by a Greenville attorney who wants to oppose him in November’s general election.

  • Traffic tickets up significantly in 2007

    For the most part, the number of cases filed in Fayette County Circuit Court last year was pretty much like that of 2006. There was one significant exception, however.

    According to records in the office of Circuit Clerk Marsha Wodtka, 7,162 traffic tickets were filed in that office. Thats a whopping 45 percent above the 2006 total of 4,931.

  • Despite flooding, Vandalia levees holding up

    About six years after Fayette County experienced one of the wettest springs in history, farmers in low-lying areas are again seeing their planting work being delayed by considerable rainfall.

    Add to that the amount of water coming down the Kaskaskia River when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the gates at Lake Shelbyville.

    But, thus far, the Vandalia Levee and Drainage Districts levee system has withstood the excessive amounts of water fairly well.

  • Rep. Stephens offering free light bulbs

    State Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Highland) is offering residents of the 102nd District free Compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) as part of the electric rate relief bill approved by the General Assembly.

    Part of the deal we made with Ameren included the distribution of free light bulbs to our constituents, Rep. Stephens explained. Beginning on April 1, residents of my district can come by my office in Highland on weekdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to pick up their free light bulbs.