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Today's News

  • Sidewalks will have bricks

    The original plan for Vandalia’s downtown enhancement project called for brick pavers to be used to enhance the sidewalks. That plan was revised, with stamped concrete instead of brick, to cut project costs.

    But city officials have learned that it will actually be cheaper to use brick pavers for sidewalk edging and insets.

    And the advisory committee formed by Mayor Rick Gottman for the downtown enhancement project is hoping that the bricks used are ones taken from Gallatin Street.

  • VCC fight petitions being circulated

    As the fight to prevent layoffs at Vandalia Correctional Center continues, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman is encouraging local residents to get involved.

    Gottman announced earlier this week that the city is providing petitions forms at city hall and numerous businesses that residents may sign. Employees at VCC also have petition forms, he said.

    The signed petitions will be passed on to state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), who will present them to Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Corrections Director Michael P. Randle.

  • City will begin repairing sidewalks

    For several years, the city of Vandalia has talked about improving sidewalks throughout town. The process of doing that has begun.

    The Vandalia City Council last week authorized city officials to solicit bids for a considerable number of sidewalk repairs.

    John Moyer, the city’s director of public works, presented to the council a list of sidewalk repairs to be done in the near future. Moyer developed that listed after being asked by Mayor Rick Gottman to drive through town and find the worst sidewalk problems.

  • Robbins helps kids in the classroom and at the pool

    Lisa Robbins wears more than one hat…and is more than happy to do so.

    She loves children and feels she has the best of both worlds, as she teaches kindergarten at Jefferson School during the school year and works with them in the summer as manager of the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool.

    She will begin her 24th year teaching kindergarten this year, and has worked at the swimming pool for 30 years.

    She began working at the pool as a lifeguard.

  • Field of Dreams Committee organizational meeting

    A number of interested parents have organized into a "Field of Dreams Committee" in the hopes of revitalizing the Vandalia baseball fields.

    "Anyone who has ever played on them knows that they are in bad shape," Kenny Montgomery an interested parent, former baseball coach and member of the committee said. "We want to make sure that the fields are a decent place for our kids to play."

  • 2009 John Heather Memorial Tournament

    Another chapter in the history of Guaranteed Air Freight softball was finished this weekend. The Freight hosted its final John Heather Memorial Tournament, and finished second with a record of 3-1.

    “I think we’re cognizant of that [this is the final year of Freight softball] every weekend that we play,” manager Rich Well said. “This will probably be the last men’s fast pitch that will be here.

  • Track star signs letter of intent to run cross country

    Another member of the two-time state championship 4x400 relay team has signed a letter of intent to run in college.

    On Wednesday, Maryville University announced that Ashley Durbin would run cross country for the Saints.

    While at VCHS, Durbin ran track and played basketball. This past spring, Durbin qualified for three track events at state. She also holds five school records in track events. On the basketball court, Durbin was a guard.

  • City right to fix old water lines during project

    Just a couple of months into the project, we’re beginning to see signs of how the TEA-21 project will enhance our downtown business district. And beyond those visible indicators, there are facets of the project that we will not see.

    Among those facets are new water lines along Gallatin Street.

    Action taken by the Vandalia City Council on Monday helps to prove the worthiness of the enhancement project.

    City officials knew beforehand that significant work was needed underground. Separate storm sewer and sanitary sewer lines ranked at the top of that list.

  • Fayette County Fair has a colorful past

    The 80th anniversary of the Fayette County Fair was celebrated this year with events the organizers could not have imagined back in 1930, when it all began.

    It has always puzzled me that the county fair was not located at the county seat. Same with Effingham and Montgomery counties, where smaller towns, Altamont and Butler, respectively, host the annual county fair.

    I figured it was politics, or because there was a sulky track already in Brownstown. However, my research into the beginnings of the Fayette County Fair held another explanation.

  • City OKs more new water lines on Gallatin

    By now, you’ve probably heard a number of problems caused by state officials trying to finalize a new budget. As Vandalia officials worked on a significant addition to the downtown project, they discovered one of those problems.

    City officials decided that it made sense to replace an aging water main along Gallatin Street while the roadway was torn up for the enhancement project.

    And they were told by state officials that Vandalia stood a good chance of receiving Community Development Assistance Program grant funds to pay for the new water main.