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Today's News

  • Look at class of '47 continues with Hohlt

    Continuing on with the VCHS Class of ’47, this week’s focus is on Jeanne (Lawler) Hohlt.

  • Filing papers for April election available Monday

    While the focus is on the general election in November, it’s not too early to begin thinking about the election next April.
    At that election, to be held on April 7, area residents will fill posts in municipal, school and various district boards.
    Candidates for the April 2015 election can begin picking up nomination papers next Monday, with the filing period for the election being Dec. 15-22.
    Posts to be filled at the April election include:
    • Seats on city councils and village boards.
    • School board members.

  • Aldermen will discuss fundraising roadblocks

    Conceding that they might not even be able to prevent the practice, Vandalia officials still plan to discuss fundraising roadblocks at the next city council meeting.
    Mayor Rick Gottman told aldermen on Monday that he had recently received complaints about the roadblocks from three residents.
    Those residents, he said, expressed concerns about traffic and safety issues related to the roadblocks.

  • Simon stumps in Vandalia

    The current lieutenant governor and Democratic candidate for Illinois comptroller is a familiar face, with her family being regular visitors to Fayette County several decades ago.

  • Pool gets $315,000 in TIF from city

    After voting down one aldermen’s motion to give the Vandalia Swimming Pool project the full amount requested, the city council agreed to give $315,000 in TIF monies to the project.
    Alderman also approved another TIF grant for local developer Dennis Grubaugh, but the amount given was much less than what he requested.
    The Vandalia Park District Board submitted an application for a $400,000 Tax Increment Financing grant, with plans to use those funds to abate taxes related to its $1.27-million renovation of the pool.

  • Births

    Koda Leah Ennen
    Cody and Katelyn Ennen of St. Peter are the parents of a girl born at 5:08 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Mobil/Exxon Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on Aug. 28 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia for its monthly meeting and luncheon, with 22 members and five guests present.
    The pledge to the flag was given, followed by the meal prayer given by Dean Black. After the meal, Black welcomed all who were present.
    The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.
    Birthdays and anniversaries for August were read, and health issues of two members were updated.
    Deeds awards were given to several members who had volunteered 50 or more hours.

  • Reunions

    Kleinik
    The 86th Kleinik family reunion was held Aug. 31 at Greenville Patriots’ Park main pavilion, with a potluck at noon. Twenty-seven were present. Evelyn Hecht was the eldest present, at age 84; and Corey Elam was the youngest present. Kent Elam traveled the farthest from Portland, Ind.
    The 2015 officers are Brent Elam, president; Dean Kleinik, vice president; and Carol Herrin, secretary/treasurer.

  • Rybacki – Thomas

    Chloe Rybacki of Vandalia and Christopher Thomas of Mulberry Grove have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • KC Candy Days

    Mayor Rick Gottman, right, signed a proclamation declaring this Friday and Saturday as Knights of Columbus MH Days.

    On Friday and Saturday, members of the Fayette County Knights of Collumbus will be handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations. Proceeds support the Knights' work with Special Olympics programs, FAYCO activities and EMH/TMH activities. Shown with the mayor is Mike Sahr, the Knights' MH chairman.