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  • School district still waiting for state funds

    The Vandalia School District’s financial picture for the year looks good at this time, given the fact that it has been receiving much of the funds due to them. That will change as the school year progresses, even more dramatically so if it doesn’t receive other monies it is owed.
    “As is tradition with this time of the school year, our fund balances are healthy, based on the fact that we have received all of our (local) property tax monies,” Superintendent of Schools Rich Well told the Vandalia Board of Education last week.

  • City holds on gaming

    Enough is enough.
    In essence, that was the message sent – in two ways – by Vandalia officials on Monday night.
    In a meeting that lasted only about 20 minutes, the Vandalia City Council rejected a proposed increase in the number of city liquor licenses that allow for gaming machines.
    In fact, it rejected the proposal by not even voting on it.

  • Brownstown Kicks Off Holiday Season
  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, November 24

    THANKSGIVING DAY
    ✔ The 10th annual free Community Thanksgiving Meal provided by Fayette County Habitat for Humanity is being held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the American Legion Home, 321 S. Seventh St., Vandalia. The meal is a community event allowing local residents to celebrate Thanksgiving for others. Reservations are not required.

    Friday, November 25

    ✔ The Leader-Union office will be closed for Thanksgiving.

  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, November 17

    ✔ 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, November 18

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday at 4 p.m. Children up to age 10 are invited to listen to stories and decorate cupcakes. Registration is required; to register, call the library, 283-2824.

  • County honors Finley, Kelly

    Thirty years ago, Jean Finley broke the gender barrier when she was elected to a District 1 seat on the Fayette County Board. Several years later, she became the first woman chosen to serve as the board’s chairman.

  • Fire destroys home Tuesday

    A fire early Tuesday morning destroyed a home southeast of Vandalia.

  • State tourism director praises local residents' contributions

    Despite its financial problems in recent years, Illinois is continuing to focus on attracting tourists to the state … and is experiencing success in that area, according to the state’s tourism director.

  • Olde Tyme Christmas is this weekend

    The holiday season kicks off in Vandalia this weekend with the annual Olde Tyme Christmas observance.

  • Two TIF grants, one double recommended amount

    The Vandalia City Council approved two Tax Increment Financing contributions on Monday, doubling the amount recommended by the city’s TIF advisory committee for one of those projects.
    Austin Holdings Group Inc. is taking on a major renovation of the building at 112 N. Sixth St., the former home of he Eagles Club, with plans to use that building for a sports bar/restaurant.