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Today's News

  • County meets payroll without fund transfer

    For at least one month, Fayette County will be able to meet its payroll obligations without having to shift monies from one fund to another.

    Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel announced at last week’s meeting that the county would not need to transfer money from its capital improvement fund in June “because the state came through with some money.”

  • Removal of canvas reveals stenciled oilcloth at museum

    In addition to experiencing the annual art and photography exhibits at the Town & Country Amateur Art Show this weekend, visitors to the Fayette County Museum will also be able to view some rare history.

    Visitors to the show will be among the first to see the recently unveiled oilcloth ceiling in the historic church building that houses Artworks Gallery and the Fayette County Museum.

    That oilcloth design has been covered by white canvas for the past century, but now is available for residents to admire.

  • Rev. Hart gained fame as movie preacher

    The Dec. 21, 1916, issue of The Vandalia Union proudly announced that former area preacher, the Rev. William S. Hart, was attaining some distinction as a moving picture star.

    Hart, a native of Newburgh, N. Y., had a younger brother who came north when a young man and settled on a farm near Farina. He became quite a ventriloquist, and for several years followed the county fairs with a Punch and Judy show, but later became an evangelist, a Baptist, up to the time of his death.

  • IDOT must hear our concerns

    A month ago in this space, we urged area citizens to provide more input to the Illinois Department of Transportation about the agency’s proposed routes for a western bypass for U.S. Route 51.

    Previous public meetings had drawn only modest participation, and we didn’t feel that IDOT officials were hearing enough from us.

    Last week, however, at a follow-up meeting just for residents of Vandalia’s northern neighborhoods, the highway engineers got an earful.

  • Stortzum enjoys stint as Rotary district governor

    Jay Stortzum gives the first impression of a soft-spoken man of with a pleasant, intelligent and friendly personality. 

    An ensuing conversation reveals that the first impression is correct, along with a sincere commitment to serve for the betterment of others, a trait which became apparent when he attended Eastern Illinois University.

    As a student at EIU, Stortzum served as a student senator and the student body vice president, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education.

  • Recycling continues to be popular in Fayette County

    Since a recycling program was started last fall, the collection site has been changed several times. Area residents have stay attuned to those moves, continuing to show up in droves.

    Figures released this week by Karen Sanders of the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District show that the recycling program is well-accepted.

    Since the monthly collections were started last September, Sanders said, 24 tons of paper, plastic, cardboard, newspaper, magazines, aluminum and tin have been collected.

  • North side residents air concerns on Route 51 corridors

    Because of the number of letters they received after last month’s unveiling of proposed U.S. Route 51 bypass routes around Vandalia, officials from the Illinois Department of Transportation decided to hold a meeting to hear from homeowners potentially affected by those routes.

     

    They got an earful.

     

    More than 100 residents showed up at last Thursday’s informational meeting, and many were upset that the two remaining IDOT routes significantly impacted residential areas in the Thrill Hill, Zent Drive and Airport Road areas.

  • Council approves zoning change for Gathe's new location

    With action taken by the Vandalia City Council on Monday, a business dislocated by the downtown fire in February can make its temporary lodging a permanent home.

    The council, acting on a recommendation from the Vandalia Planning Commission, unanimously approved the rezoning of property at 504 W. Edwards St. from two-family residential to downtown commercial.

  • Legion season kicks off, Post 95 starts 5-3 with big wins

    Slowly, but surely, the Senior Legion team is coming together this summer.

    Eight games into the season, the Post 95 squad has a record of 5-3, with most of its wins coming with depleted squad.

    Patoka High School's deep run into postseason play delayed the arrival of Luke Murfin and Zach Thompson, who will both be key additions on the mound and at the plate. Add in that a couple of the big bats from Vandalia's high school team aren't playing this summer, and the Senior Legion outlook started to look bleak.

  • YMCA construction entering final weeks

    Seven months ago, a group of representatives from the city of Vandalia gathered in an empty field off of Rock Island Avenue with shovels in hand for a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Family YMCA of Fayette County building.

    In just over six weeks, the $1.25-million complex will open, as Fulk Construction puts finishing touches on the Y's new home.

    From the outside, the structure looks just about complete, the inside is busy with workers hanging lights, and installing heating and air-conditioning ducts.