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  • Three TIF grants awarded

    The Vandalia City Council on Tuesday approved Tax Increment Financing agreements to help two businesses and a church with improvement projects.
    The agreements help Dennis Grubaugh with the renovation of a downtown building, The Chuckwagon with a parking lot project and First United Methodist Church with a demolition and parking lot project.
    The TIF agreement with Grubaugh gives him up to $14,900 for a project estimated to cost $29,800.

  • Deficit budget

    On the second of two votes, the only one that really mattered, the Fayette County Board on Tuesday approved a budget for the current fiscal year.
    But, because of the fact that it’s a deficit budget, many of the board members, even those who voted for it, continued to voice concerns about the county’s financial situation.
    That budget has revenues projected at $4,160,554 and expenditures at $4,660,355.17, creating a deficit of $499.801.17.

  • Improving & Preserving Some of Our History

    Knowing the historical significance of the Old State Burial Ground in Vandalia, Dorothy Donley took her granddaughter their for a visit last year.

  • Enbridge Donates Truck to SEFPD
  • No serious injuries in school bus crash

    A Vandalia man was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign following a collision with a Vandalia School District bus early Tuesday morning.

  • Swarm, Barenfanger given Abe Awards

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce on Saturday honored two individuals who have worked in different ways to help the community through their volunteer efforts.

  • Burger King staying

    As it turns out, Vandalia will not be losing its Burger King restaurant.
    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that Teutopolis-based Meyer Oil Co. told him that it would no longer pursue a liquor license that would allow for the operation of a gaming parlor at its Mach 1 Phillips 66 convenience store on Veterans Avenue in Vandalia.

  • Call for help leads to big drug seizure

    Two California women who called police for assistance last week ended up being arrested for allegedly possessing a large amount of marijuana.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Kelsie M. Flemming, 26, 403 N. Kennedy Blvd., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 7 on an alleged probation violation. Bond was $4,000.
    • A 16-year-old Mulberry Grove resident was arrested on Feb. 6 on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault. The youth was taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.
    • Patrick M. Wilczynski, 37, Pocahontas, was arrested on Feb. 6 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,000.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, February 9

    ✔ The public is invited to the celebration of the eighth anniversary of the National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia at 106 S. Fifth St. At 11 a.m., Phil Lewis will talk about the Looking for Lincoln program. At 1 p.m., local historian Linda Hanabarger will talk about finding a new map and a source of Vandalia's name. Refreshments will be available.
    ✔ Evans Public Library's homeschool group meets from 1-2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.