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  • McCarron, Indians spoil Eagles title hopes

    There are names that have attained four-letter-word status in certain communities.

    Don Denkinger in St. Louis. Brett Favre in Chicago. Bill Buckner and Aaron Boone in Boston.

    Kieffer McCarron's name might have achieved such infamy in St. Elmo Saturday after what he did to the Eagles in the championship of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.

    The Altamont guard was simply spectacular in crushing the host team's championship aspirations, as he scored 33 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field in the Indians' 74-60 victory.

  • Vandalia's old city hall gets new name

    Close to two months after moving most of its operations into a new home, the city has decided on a new name for its old home.

    At the recommendation of Alderman Bret Brosman, the city council approved a new name for the building at 221 S. Fifth St. that has served as city hall for many decades.

    The former city hall, which now only houses the police and fire departments, now is called the Public Safety Building, a name recommended by Brosman.

  • Fire damages Woodyard home

    A Woodyard home sustained significant damage from a fire last Friday morning.

    Vandalias volunteer firefighters were called to the home of the Donnie Ellis family at 9:48 a.m.

    Upon their arrival within seven minutes, firefighters found flames shooting from the roofline of the home.

    The fire was contained to the kitchen and living room areas, but fire officials estimated the damage at $90,000.

    No injuries were sustained as a result of the blaze.

  • Council hesitant to give TIF funds for The Depot project

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday night chose not to take action on recommendations sent to them by two of the citys advisory committees.

    The council first held off on granting a request for Tax Increment Financing funds for cleanup and demolition work on the burned remains of The Depot.

    It then, later in the meeting, chose not to act on the Downtown Advisory Committees recommendations for the downtown streetscape project.

  • Council approves agreement with Fayette Water

    An agreement approved by the Vandalia City Council on Monday paves the way for Fayette Water Co. to move forward with its plans to provide water to residents in rural areas outside the city.

    That agreement calls for the city to sell water to Fayette Water at a rate of $3.45 per 1,000 gallons, the same rate charged to in-city water users who consume at least 40,000 gallons per month.

    Through its latest expansion, Fayette Water wants to offer water service to people living north and west of Vandalia, including the Vandalia Lake area, and Shafter and Sharon townships.

  • Vandals move to 7-0, prepare for Pana

    Apparently, there is one opponent the VCHS girls basketball team's defense cannot stop: Mother Nature.

    The Lady Vandals (7-0) were hoping to get a chance to extend their season-opening winning streak to eight on the road against SCC-East rival Litchfield Monday, but icy weather forced the postponement of the game.

    "We were kind of disappointed," said Lady Vandals coach Mike Butler of the postponement. "It'd been nice to have a game tonight and keep the momentum going a little bit."

  • Brownstown Library open house is this weekend

    The move of the Brownstown Branch Library to its new and bigger home will be celebrated this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an open house.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the new home of the library, which is now housed in the former bank building next to the village hall. The open house on Friday will run from 2-5 p.m.

    The open house continues from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. Ruby Goldsborough will be a special guest at the Sunday open house.

  • What other towns do with their leaves

    Effingham Burning allowed during daylight hours. City does not offer leaf vacuuming or pickup.

    Greenville Burning allowed on Mondays and Thursdays, and on the first and third weekend of each month, between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. The city also offers leaf pickup and vacuuming.

  • Some residents ask Vandalia officials to consider leaf burning ban

    Bret Brosman and Larry Bennett are among the city aldermen who could favor a ban on leaf burning in Vandalia.

    But they could support such a ban only if the city comes up with a suitable option to burning.

    The idea of implementing a ban on leaf burning came up at the Vandalia City Councils regular meeting last Monday night, with Mayor Rick Gottman saying hed had a few people call to voice their opposition to burning.

  • Jayson Porter is St. Elmo's new mayor

    Like his predecessor, St. Elmo's new mayor acknowledges that it has been challenging for St. Elmo officials – and for residents – to handle the reintroduction of liquor sales into the community.

    But Jayson Porter is optimistic that the St. Elmo City Council can handle this and other challenges by working as a team.