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  • School audit: 'Much improvement'

    The presentation on the Vandalia School District’s audit from the past fiscal year was not what Superintendent Rich Well expected.
    Robin Yockey of the Shelbyville firm that performed that district audit told Well and members of the school board last week that the audit shows “much improvement” over the previous year.
    “The biggest thing is that expenditures were down by $793,000, and the fund balances increased as a result of that,” said Yockey, of the Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull firm.

  • Downtown Trick or Treat is Saturday
  • Man allegedly threw rock at a van, not his house

    A Vandalia man charged last week with causing injuries to a 1-year-old child allegedly did so by throwing a rock at a van, not a house.
    It was incorrectly stated in last week’s issue that felony charges filed against Robert A.C. Stombaugh, 29, alleged that he threw a rock through a window at a home in the 300 block of South Fourth Street.
    A Vandalia Police report states that police were called to the house for a report of a dispute.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 23

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ Evans Public Library will host PACK from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to read to DarnFar Ranch's specially trained therapy dogs. Registration is required; to register, call the library at 283-2824 or stop by the library.

  • Moyer stepping down in January

    Vandalia’s director of public works will be retiring at the start of next year.

  • Walking to support & prevent

    They walk to remember loved ones. But they also walk with hopes that others won’t be joining them in the future.

  • More gaming OK'd

    Two weeks after overwhelmingly rejecting the addition of liquor licenses for the purpose of gaming, the Vandalia City Council narrowly decided to allow them.
    The council voted 4-3 on Monday to allow up to three Class A liquor licenses, with two aldermen – B. John Clark and Russ Stunkel – changing their votes from two weeks ago. Also voting Monday to allow up to three Class A licenses were Crawford and Neil Clark
    B. John Clark made a motion to reconsider the action taken on the liquor license issue on Oct. 6, when it passed by a 6-2 margin.

  • County takes on budget deficit

    Chairman Steve Knebel said on Tuesday that the county’s budget for the new fiscal year will be a balanced one.
    But, he said, before they start that new fiscal year in December, they need to address a problem with the current one.
    The county board met in special session on Tuesday night so it could discuss with department heads that problem – deficits with the current budget.
    With two months to go in this fiscal year – October and November – the county is looking at a budget deficit of about $60,000, Knebel said.

  • FCH & LTC will become tobacco-free Nov. 20

    Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care announced this week that on Nov. 20, the date of this year’s Great American Smoke Out, it will transition to a 100-percent tobacco-free campus.
    “As everyone knows, tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable death and disease in this country.
    We are a healthcare institution, and our job is to save lives and prevent disease, so to become 100-percent tobacco-free not only makes sense, but it is the responsible thing to do for our community,” said Greg Starnes, CEO.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, October 16

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ TOPS IL 1872, Ramsey, will meet at the Christian Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is at 6:20 p.m., and the meeting is at 7 p.m.
    Friday, October 17