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  • ICC, city agree on rail plan

    A little more than two months after proposing large-scale changes to two downtown rail crossings in Vandalia, the Illinois Commerce Commission has agreed to one change in that area of town.
    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman told the city council on Monday that the ICC had agreed to the plan supported by the city. That plan includes only one change – limiting Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets to eastbound traffic.

  • Losing a landmark

    Vandalia is losing one of its major landmarks, a community building that has been unusable in recent years because of a couple of health and safety issues.

  • Hubler unseats Clark

    In the only contested race in Vandalia on Tuesday, Kenneth Hubler defeated incumbent Neil Clark for a seat on the Vandalia City Council.
    In the race for a Ward I seat, in which only 37 of the eligible voters turned out, Hubler gained 22 votes to Clark’s 15.
    Overall, less than 7 percent of the registered voters went to the polls on election day.
    Hubler was one of three aldermen elected on Tuesday. Russ Stunkel, in Ward II, and B. John Clark, in Ward III, won re-election to their seats. Stunkel received 27 votes, and Clark received 67.

  • Attempted murder charge filed

    One day after a Vandalia man was arrested on four counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm, one of those counts was upgraded to attempted first-degree murder.

  • Man arrested for allegedly shooting at another person

     

  • Scout House coming down

    Demolition of the Evans Youth Center, commonly known as the Scout House, is well under way.

    The Evans Public Library District, which now owns the property, is hopeful that it can raise the funds for the construction of a new library at that location.

    At a Friends of the Library meeting recently, it was stated that a Casey man has purchased salvageable material from the Youth Center to use in the construction of a house.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, April 2

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ Bethel Baptist Church, located on Ill. Route 185 northwest of Vandalia, will hold Maundy Thursday services at 6 p.m. Worship will be centered on "The Seven Last Words of Christ."
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • Vandalia council, school board candidates profiled

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  • Few races on election day

    Vandalia residents will only have one decision to make next Tuesday, while Ramsey voters have the most to pick up when it comes to filling spots on the village board.
    In Vandalia, the only contested race is in Ward I of the city council, where incumbent Neil Clark is being challenged by Ken Hubler.
    That race initially featured three candidates, but a third, Christine Helinski, withdrew after filing nomination papers.

  • Pinnacle ready to add 90 jobs

    Pinnacle Foods will next week celebrate the startup of a new product line that will more than double the number of employees at its St. Elmo facility.
    Pinnacle is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. next Wednesday as it opens manufacturing for its recently acquired Wish-Bone salad dressings business at its plant in St. Elmo.
    The St. Elmo plant currently employs about 85 people, and Pinnacle is planning to add 90 more workers in the first half of this year as it prepares to bring Wish-Bone production in-house.