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  • Impasse effect

    The state’s budget impasse is having a big impact on the city of Vandalia’s financial status, Mayor Rick Gottman told the city council on Monday.
    As the treasurer’s report was presented to the council for approval, Gottman pointed out that the state has fallen way behind on its tax payments to the city.
    For example, he said:
    • The general sales tax payment made to the city, in October, was the July payment. The first six payments ranged from $125,586.12 to $154,443.29.

  • New beautification group will solicit volunteers

    A new city committee charged with developing plans to improve Vandalia’s appearance will be asking clubs, organizations and churches to join them in that work.
    At its Tuesday meeting – one of the first meetings of the small group formed by Mayor Rick Gottman – members of the city’s beautification discussed a letter that had been drafted as a way of getting community members involved in beautification efforts.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Oct. 29

    ✔ Soroptimist International of Vandalia meets at noon in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steak House.
    ✔ 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.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    THURSDAY
    • St. James Lutheran annual chili supper, 727 W. Gallatin St., 4-7 p.m.
    • Vandalia Lions Club Halloween parade, 7 p.m.
    • “Hospital of Horrors” haunted house at the former Washington School, after the parade.
    FRIDAY
    • “Hospital of Horrors” haunted house, 7-11 p.m.
    SATURDAY
    • Downtown Trick of Treat – story time at Evans Public Library, 10 a.m.; downtown trick or treating, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; children’s costume contest at Family Video, 12:30 p.m.

  • Truitt named Lions' parade grand marshal

    A Vandalia woman who was raised here, then became involved in numerous community organizations after moving back is the grand marshal for the 72nd annual Vandalia Lions Club Halloween parade.

  • The ramifications of sexting

    Vandalia Community High School students learned last week that sending sexual text and photo messages has both moral and legal ramifications.

  • Traffic stop nets big drug bust

    A Utah woman is being held in Fayette County Jail on $500,000 bond after being arrested on felony cannabis charges last Thursday afternoon.

  • Mayor signs final documents for rail crossing work

    Vandalia’s mayor said on Monday that he has signed the final documents for improvements at two downtown railroad crossings.
    Rick Gottman said that in signing the documents for work being done at the rail crossings at Fifth and Sixth streets, he agrees that the city will be responsible only for the rail crossing markings painted on the streets.

  • Halloween in Vandalia

    The Vandalia Lions Club’s 72nd annual Halloween parade next Thursday is among the events and activities on the calendar.
    The parade kicks off at 7 p.m., following the traditional route on Gallatin Street, from Seventh Street to Third Street.
    As in the past, parade lineup and registration begins at 5 p.m. on Eighth Street in the area of the Fayette County Courthouse and the former Washington School.

  • City, Lions develop safety plan for Halloween parade

    Finalizing the plans for this year’s Halloween parade in Vandalia have included developing a strategy to prevent a tragedy like the one that occurred just prior to last year’s parade.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that he and Police Chief Jeff Ray met with members of the Vandalia Lions Club, the sponsor of the parade, to finalize a safety plan for motorists and pedestrians.
    Ray has been working on such a plan in light of a fatal accident at the Sixth Street rail crossing last year.