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  • Downtown project could be done in a few weeks

    With good weather, Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project could be completed within a month.

    At Vandalia Main Street’s “Mornings on Main Street” gathering last Friday, Terry Fields of Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping of Belleville said workers are making good progress on wrapping up the final two blocks of the project.

    “The bricklayers should be done next week,” Fields said, “and the electricians are coming in next week and by the end of March, they should be done, barring problems with the weather.”

  • Some Gallatin benches still available

    As city officials anxiously await the completion of the downtown enhancement work, they say there still a chance for local individuals, businesses and organizations to leave their mark on the project.

    The city is selling benches that will be installed along Gallatin Street between Third and Seventh streets. As of Tuesday, the city had sold 15 of the 28 bench locations.

    LaTisha Paslay, administration secretary for the city, said the benches are $600 each. That cost includes a plaque on which will appear information submitted by the donor.

  • St. Elmo, Brownstown board disagree on status of co-op agreement

    Members of the Brownstown Board of Education told a large group of people having questions about the proposed cooperative agreement with the St. Elmo School District for extracurricular activities that they want to continue negotiations on that agreement.

    One day later, the St. Elmo Board of Education made it clear that it is not interested in further negotiations. Board members said they are happy with the proposal drawn up by a committee made up of representatives of both districts.

  • Public safety officials issue advice on storms

    The arrival of spring also means the start of the severe storm season.

    With tornados and other types of severe storms possible this time of year, Vandalia’s public safety officials, Police Chief Larry Eason and Fire Chief Merle Adermann, issued the following severe storm advice:

    • Be prepared. Use local radio and television reports to stay updated on current weather conditions.

    Also, make sure to have a flashlight with fresh batteries, a battery-operated radio and a phone readily available.

  • ATV riders continue to cause damage at lake

    The Vandalia City Council last week discussed an ongoing problem, one which no one seems to have an answer to.

    Alderman Jerry Swarm said he’s become aware of all-terrain vehicle riders causing ruts in the campground area, and lake committee Chairman Mike Hobler said the committee is aware of the problem.

    “The spillway’s a greater problem,” Hobler said, noting that the city has posted signs and put up fencing in an attempt to keep ATV riders from causing ruts and erosion in the area of the spillway.

  • Police alerts residents, businesses of burglaries

    The Vandalia Police Department is issuing a warning to local businesses in light of a string of burglaries earlier this month.

    Police Chief Larry Eason reported on Tuesday that the burglaries have included break-ins at two businesses in that have gambling machines.

    On March 3, police handled a break-in at the Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 S. Third St.

    According to police reports, someone pried open the front door of the building, then pried open the office door, taking four money bags.

  • St. Elmo board OKs co-op agreement

    One day after the Brownstown Board of Education told a large group of that community's residents that an extracurricular cooperative agreement is essentially a work in progress, the St. Elmo School Board approved that agreement.

    And in approving the document submitted by a committee made up of representatives from the two communities,  the St. Elmo board said it wants the Brownstown board to vote on that document by the end of this month.

  • Downtown project could be completed in several weeks

    A continuation of good weather could ensure the completion of Vandalia's downtown enhancement project.


    "Sometime in April we will be totally out of here," Terry Fields of Hank's Excavating and Landscaping of Belleville said during Friday's "Mornings on Main Street" meeting held by Vandalia Main Street.

    Fields told city officials, some downtown merchants and representatives of Main Street that all of the concrete work has been completed, and that all brickwork should be done by the end of next week.

  • Brownstown board votes to continue co-op negotiations

    The Brownstown Board of Education voted unanimously on Wednesday night to continue discussions with the St. Elmo District Board on a cooperative agreement for extracurricular activities.

    That vote was taken after the board heard from a number of people in a crowd of about 60 people, many of whom are opposed to the agreement that would join the two districts for activities including high school and junior high basketball and baseball.

    The St. Elmo Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the cooperative agreement at its regular meeting on Thursday evening.

  • City to consider legal options with Motown

    Because representatives of Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc. continue to ignore phone calls and e-mails from Vandalia officials, one alderman believes it’s time to go to a higher power.

    Mike Hobler believes that the city may get some type of response from the Motown group if the sheriff in the group’s home county serves them with some type of legal document.