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  • Pana Lake drowning victim a Vandalia resident

     

  • Pana Lake drowning victim a Vandalia resident

     

  • Special council meeting on Friday

    One day after a structural engineer issued the opinion that three downtown Vandalia buildings need to be demolished, a special meeting of the Vandalia City Council was set.

    The council will meet in special session at 6 p.m. on Friday to consider the adoption of an ordinance "granting the mayor extraordinary powers and authority during a state of emergency."

  • Statehouse group, historical society merging; meeting on Monday

    The Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse and Vandalia Historical Society are merging, and an imporant meeting for the organization is on Monday evening.
    The newly merged group will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the Statehouse, with items on the agenda including the election of officers and baord members.
    The organization's goals include raising money for the rehabilitation of windows at the Statehouse, and the maintenance of the Statehouse and Little Brick House.
    Individuals interested in being a part of the organization are urged to attend this meeting.

  • Right turn only at 8th/Fletcher before, after school

    The Vandalia City Council took action on Monday that is designed to improve traffic flow at a busy intersection before and after school.
    The council approved an ordinance amendment that stipulates that on school days between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., and from 2-4 p.m., both eastbound and westbound motorists on Fletcher Street may make only right turns onto Eighth Street.
    It also stipulates that southbound motorists on Fletcher Street may only make right turns onto Fillmore Street.

  • New school year brings changes

    Tuesday was the first day of changes for the Vandalia School District as administrators, teachers, students and parents prepare for the start of a new school year.

  • Engineer: Buildings need to come down

    After the roof and third story of a building in downtown Vandalia collapsed early on Tuesday, a structural engineered offered the opinion that that building, and two others, should be demolished.

  • CEFS holds first-time homebuyer event

    The CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp., an HUD-certified housing counseling agency, is sponsoring a first-time homebuyer informational workshop this Friday.
    The workshop, funded in part by State Farm Insurance, will be held from 1-3 p.m. at Evans Public Library, 215 S. Fifth St., Vandalia. Individual sessions will start every 30 minutes; to register or obtain more information, call 283-2631.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 6

    ✔ 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.

  • Structural engineer says 3 buildings not safe, will have to come down

    A structural engineer told city officials on Tuesday that the three buildings at the northwest corner of Gallatin and Fifth streets is not safe and will have to come down.

    But it will likely be some time before those three buildings will be demolished, due to legal issues, and until they can be torn down, the east half of the 500 block of Gallatin Street and north half of the 100 block of South Fifth Street will be blocked off.