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  • City cannabis, paraphernalia law on the books

    To address a change in state law, the Vandalia City Council voted on Monday to make possession of a small amount of marijuana or drug paraphernalia a city ordinance violation.
    But approval of the ordinance did not come without significant debate.
    The measure passed in a 6-1 vote, with aldermen Jerry Swarm, Andy Lester, Ken Hubler, Russ Stunkel, Joel Rebbe and B. John Clark voted for it, and Dorothy Crawford casting the lone dissenting vote.
    Crawford initiated the lengthy discussion, citing her reasons for not supporting such an ordinance.

  • Council picks lower of two choices for hikes

    Presented with two options for increases in water and sewer rates for the coming year, Vandalia aldermen chose the one proposing lower increases, making one adjustment to that proposal.
    Approved in a 5-2 vote was a proposed increase of 3.11 percent in water rate. And while that proposal called for no increase in sewer rates, alderman approved a 1-percent hike.
    The city’s auditing firm, Timmerman and Co. Ltd. of Vandalia, gave aldermen two options for water and sewer rates as it presented the city audit earlier this month.

  • Democratic Dinner
  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, September 22

    ✔ The Fayette County Retired Teachers Association meets at 10:30 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. All retired teachers in Fayette County are invited to attend. For more information, contact Diane Curll at 283-0492.
    ✔ Evans Public Library’s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • No candy at Halloween Parade – Lions explain
  • Working for a Cure

    After her daughter was diagnosed with a rare condition that can cause serious health issue, Amanda Walk did more than concentrate on her daughter.

  • Bridge work

    In about a week and a half, one of Vandalia’s busier intersections will be closed to traffic for an extended period due to a long-awaited construction project.

  • New raffle, poker run law on the books

    Two months ago, Fayette County Board Chairman Jeff Beckman said he didn’t like that organizations and groups holding raffles and poker runs as benefits were required to turn over some the money raised to the county.
    On Tuesday, the board put in place a new ordinance governing those fundraisers that Assistant State’s Attorney Brenda Mathis said is much less restrictive.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 15

    ✔ 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.

    Friday, September 16

    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge is holding its monthly chicken and fish dinner, at a cost of $8. The meal is open to the public.

  • News Briefs

    Homeschool Group meeting again