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  • City turns down TIF aid for Twisters

    In his third appearance before the Vandalia City Council, local developer Dennis Grubaugh learned that he will not get financial assistance from the city for the building that formerly housed Twisters.
    In a 5-2 vote, the council decided not to honor Grubaugh’s request for Tax Increment Financing assistance in replacing the roof on the former entertainment center.
    Grubaugh applied for $75,000 – $25,000 a year for three years – in TIF assistance for the roof replacement, which is estimated to cost $258,750.

  • Shobonier woman dies in I-70 accident

    A Shobonier woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 on Sunday afternoon.

    According to the Illinois State Police, Jeanette A. Sasse, 71, driving a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, drove eastbound into the westbound lanes of I-70 at the 68-mile exit shortly before 2 p.m.

    The state police said that the Sasse vehicle collided head-on with an International tractor-trailer driven by Uulu Marifat Azamat, 22, of Chicago.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen pronounced Sasse dead at the scene at 247 p.m.

  • A hot time on the Prairie
  • Committee will discuss demolition cap fee

    When it meets next Monday evening, a Vandalia City Council committee will consider a request to change its water and sewer disconnect fee for demolition projects.
    A change will be discussed after a resident told the council last week that he feels that the city’s current fee is excessive.
    Mike Wehrle told aldermen that he had to pay a $1,500 fee to cap a water line in the road at a property on which he was demolishing an old, deteriorating building.
    “I feel it is excessive, and I would like it explained,” Wehrle said.

  • CMN Roadblock Day

    Mayor Rick Gottman has designated this Saturday as Children's Miracle Network Roadblock Day in Vandalia.

    On Saturday, volunteers will be accepting donations for the CMN at Sunset Drive and Veterans Avenue. Shown with Gottman are Cheryl Pollard, left, and Franklin Terry III, employees of Walmart, which heads up local fundraising efforts for the CMN.

  • News Briefs

    Mark Meadows elected a VVFD chief
    At its monthly meeting on Aug. 13, the members of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department elected Mark Meadows to the position of second assistant chief.
    Meadows, a VVFD member since 2004, succeeds Michael Brown, who resigned earlier this summer upon moving to Atlanta, Ga., for his job. Brown, a member since 1998, was elected second assistant chief in February 2013.

    Brownstown VFW holding Gut Check

  • Calendar

    Thursday, August 28

    ✔ The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold its annual crop survey on Thursday morning, and its annual crop survey report and steak dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of the Farm Bureau building at 1125 N. Sunset Drive in Vandalia. Tickets for the dinner are $5 each and may be purchased at the Farm Bureau office or from any Farm Bureau director.
    ✔ 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.

  • Work to raise funds for pool project continues

    Having completed drawings that show the finished product, engineers for the Vandalia Swimming Pool project are now working on designs for the project.

  • Kids' cardboard show, races added to car show at lake

    The fifth annual car show at Vandalia Lake this weekend will include races, but cars and trucks in the show will not be used in those races.
    Instead, the races will have children competing against each other in cardboard cars that they have created.
    The Vandalia Lions Club is again sponsoring the show, which will be held on Saturday in the lake marina campgrounds.

  • Battling the Heat

    Isabella Walk, the daughter of Brian and Amanda Walk, wipes the sweat from her brow while riding in the Prairie Days Parade on Saturday.

    She was riding with her sister, Jordan. Their entry promoted this year's FuNFest, set for Oct. 4. Jordan is fighting neurofibromatosis, and the FuNFest raises money for the battle against that disease.