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  • City asked to loan caboose for restoration project

    The city of Vandalia is being asked to OK a loan, but the group making the request isn’t asking for money. It wants a local landmark.
    William Howard told the Vandalia City Council that Vandalia Railroad Museum Foundation has been established, and that the foundation’s first project would be restoring and relocating Vandalia’s Little Red Caboose.
    “I’m here tonight to put before the council a proposition to enter into a long-term agreement with you,” said Howard, a registered agent for the newly formed foundation.

  • Getting Input on Recycling

    As they await proposed agreements from the two agencies that provide local recycling services, city officials want residents to go online to say whether they are willing to monetarily support those services.
    The city and FAYCO, which provides recycling for a wide variety of items, were to work out early this week which one would provide an online survey on its website.

  • BHS Baccalaureate
  • Breaking the Levee
  • OSBG Project Continues
  • Brownstown man dies in Tuesday wreck

    A Brownstown man died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on Tuesday evening.
    According to the Illinois State Police, Kenneth W. Eckhardt, 69, the preliminary investigation shows that Eckhardt was driving a 2000 Mercury Marquis at County Roads 1750 North and East 1250 when his vehicle left the roadway to the right, possibly due to a medical condition.
    The vehicle continued east on County Road 1750 North and into the right ditch, then struck a utility pole.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, May 11

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Homeschool Group meets from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4:30 p.m. at Evans Public Library.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.
    ✔ Freshman orientation at Vandalia Community High School is at 6:30 p.m.

  • The Wait is Over
  • Truitt painting being auctioned to raise funds for city mural

    The committee in charge of Vandalia’s professional murals is selling a painting by a local artist to move closer to its goal for the first mural.

  • Looking for solutions

    The Fayette County Board will consider transferring more funds to cover its expenses, but not until a couple of its committees continuing discussing possible options to address the county’s financial difficulties.