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  • School district continues to wait on state funds

    The Vandalia School District is continuing to keep its head above water despite delays in funds coming from the state.
    Superintendent Rich Well told the board of education last week that the district has not received categorical payments, for such things as transportation, this year, and is short a payment from last year.
    Well said he is “really disheartened by the lack of something getting done,” the lack of action on school reform, in the state capital.

  • A work in progress

    The Fayette County Board voted during a special meeting last week to put the new county budget out for public viewing, but not until board members had continued to talk about the need to fine tune it.
    The proposed budget shows the general fund with a deficit of $527,832 at the end of the fiscal year ending on Nov. 30 of next year.
    When board member Wade Wilhour asked, “Is this one of the worst budgets we’ve passed?” board Chairman Jeff Beckman said, “Yes,” and Vice Chairman Darrell Schaal said, “Probably.”

  • Caring & Sharing

    Four decades ago, the Fayette County Health Department initiated a program through which Christmas baskets were given to six less-fortunate families in the county. Today, that program continues to thrive on a much larger scale.

  • Lower-hike tax levy approved

    Presented with two options for a new tax levy, each of which calls for a tax increase, the Vandalia City Council chose the lesser of two evils.
    Two weeks after the city’s auditor, Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., presented city aldermen with two proposed levies, he gave them final proposals, one updated after receiving information late last week.
    Timmermann said that all of the individual fund levies are unchanged from last year except for the police pension fund, which is being increased to meet the city’s obligation to that fund.

  • Stout hired for Vandalia's economic development post

    After stopping and starting the process a few times in recent years, the city of Vandalia has hired a director of economic development and tourism, filling the vacancy that has existed since June 2011 with a local resident.

  • 'Truly the gold standard'

    “Some people are just born to achieve professional and personal success … and when you talk about someone like Gene Schwarm, you are truly in rarified air.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 22

    ✔ 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.
    ✔ The Fayette County Board meets in special session for discussion and approval to put on public display the county budge for the coming year.

    Friday, December 23

  • Vandalia in title game at St. Elmo Tourney

    Vandalia advanced to the title game of the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament on Saturday by defeating Cumberland on Saturday afternoon.

    The Vandals will play St. Elmo/Brownstown in the championship game, which has been postponed until Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

    The third-place game between Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City will be played at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

    South Central won the fifth-place game by defeating Mulberry Grove on Saturday evening.

  • Vandalia residents are asked to stay off streets

    Vandalia streets are very slick and hazardous. Mayor Rick Gottman and chief of police Jeff Ray are asking residents to stay off the streets so that city crews can put down salt, to allow emergency vehicles to travel safely.

  • Meth charges bring 17 year-sentence

    A Vandalia man has agreed to a 17-year prison sentence in pleading guilty to  methamphetamine charges.
    Kevin K. Cook, 33, will serve that sentence at the same time as two others, one in Fayette County and one in Effingham County.
    Cook pleaded guilty in Fayette County Circuit Court to participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and possession of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine and had his plea-bargaining agreement approved by Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor.