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  • Finances, animal control

    Two recurring issues were discussed at Tuesday’s Fayette County Board meeting, one of those being an ongoing topic – the county’s finances.
    The second issue is the handling of animals taken in by the veterinarian who has the county’s animal control contract.
    During committee reports, County Treasurer Rose Hoover reported that she recently had to use $35,000 of the $250,000 in capital improvement funds she was given permission to use last month in order to meet the county’s obligations.

  • Apartment fire ruled arson

    The early-morning fire at a Vandalia apartment complex on Saturday that claimed the life of one of its residents has been ruled arson

    In announcing that ruling by a State Fire Marshal investigator, Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray said authorities are offering a $2,500 reward for help in finding the person who started the fire at High School Apartments.

  • District brings back 9 teachers

    Following a public hearing last Thursday, at which only one resident spoke, the Vandalia Board of Education unanimously approved the sale of $1.88 million in working cash fund bonds.
    That move, which effectively extends the district’s current bond level for one additional year (to 2022), will allow the district to reinstate several district teaching positions and programs that otherwise would have been eliminated.

  • New City Police Officer

    Vandalia's newest police officer, Brad Ledbetter, took the oath of office on Monday.

    Issuing the oath is City Clerk Peggy Bowen, and she is flanked by Mayor Rick Gottman and Police Chief Jeff Ray. Looking on are Ledbetter's wife, Doris, and children, Katie and Matthew. Ledbetter retired as a master sergeant with the Illinois State Police and held several supervisory positions with the ISP.

  • News Briefs

    Armed Forces Tribute is Friday

    The Vandalia Commission's second annual Armed Forces Tribute is Friday night on the Vandalia Statehouse lawn.
    It begins with 5 p.m. meal catered by Country Rhodes of Effingham. An all-you-can-eat buffet includes fried walleye, popcorn shrimp, chicken strips, potato salad, cole slaw, applesauce, baked beans, steak fries, hush puppies and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Carry-outs will be available.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 15

    ✔ 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 in Vandalia will hold a special story time for Children's Book Week at 4 p.m.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • VPD: HS Apartments fire ruled an arson

    Press Release from Vandalia Police Department, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13:

    The Arson Investigator from the Office of the State Fire Marshal has ruled the fire that occurred on Saturday at High School Apartments to be arson.

    We are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible for setting the fire.  We are offering a $2,500 cash reward for specific information leading to the arrest for the person or persons responsible for the fire.

  • One dies in HS Apartments fire

    A fire at High School Apartments early Saturday morning resulted in the death of one resident and the evacuation of all others.

    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department was called to the apartment complex shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Saturday for a report of smoke coming from the west side the building.

    The sprinkler system extinguished most of the fire in a hallway and kept it from spreading.

  • Food Bank distributes food in St. Elmo

    The Central Illinois Food Bank returned to Fayette County on April 26.

  • Allie and Sallie

    Jenny Harrison, a Fayette County native and graduate of Vandalia Community High School, read her children's book "Nice And Cozy" at Evans Public Library on Saturday.