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  • City given 2 tax levy hike options

    The Vandalia City Council was presented on Monday two options for the city’s new tax levy, each of which calls for a substantial increase in the total levy.
    And, while a levy with a large increase will be approved, the impact on residents’ property tax bills will be significantly lower.
    Dale Timmermann of Timmermann and Co. Ltd., the city’s auditor, presented to city officials at Monday’s council meeting one proposed levy with a 21.85-percent increase and one with a projected increase of 12.34 percent.

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  • Calendar of Events

    Thursday, December 8

    ✔ "Dillards, A Style of Christmas" to benefit the Fayette County Hospital Auxiliary will be open from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in the hospital's community room.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District meets at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center.
    ✔ 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.

  • April election filing period coming soon

    While the next election is still about four months away, the ballots for that election will take shape in a couple of weeks.
    The filing period for candidates in the April 4 consolidated election is Dec. 12-19, and there will be a lot of local positions filled at that election.
    In Vandalia, residents will elect a mayor and city clerk, and fill five spots on the Vandalia City Council.
    Rick Gottman has announced that he will seek to become the first five-term mayor, and Peggy Bowen will be running for a sixth term as city clerk.

  • Bond reduction for Frakes denied

    A Vandalia man charged with child pornography has had his second request for reduction of his bond amount denied.

  • The Giving in Thanksgiving

    Nineteen large turkeys and 18 large cans of green beans and corn, along with a whole lot of mashed potatoes, rolls and cranberry sauce – enough to feed almost 500 people … barely.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 1

    ✔ 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, December 2

    ✔ Evans Public Library's Teen Advisory Board meets at 4 p.m. Teens interested in joining the board should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.

  • Seven years in meth case

    A Brownstown man arrested on multiple methamphetamine charges in January this year has agreed to a prison sentence on one of those charges.

  • 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.