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Today's News

  • Committee backs TIF funds for pool

    Vandalia’s Tax Increment Financing advisory committee recommended on Monday that the city contribute TIF funds to the Vandalia Swimming Pool project.
    However, the recommended amount is not quite what the Vandalia Park District is seeking from the city.
    Also on Monday, just a week after the city council rejected one TIF request from Dennis Grubaugh for one project, the advisory committee recommended giving Grubaugh assistance on another project.

  • County OKs proposal for new, improved website

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday took action designed to provide the county with a website that is both more informational and more useful for county residents.
    The board accepted a proposal from Civic Plus, a company that specializes in the design, development and maintenance of government-run websites.
    The county will pay Civic Plus $4,500 through a three-year contract that includes a fourth-year option for $551. Civic Plus, which is based in Manhattan, Kan., and has an office in St. Louis, has contracts with numerous municipalities in Illinois and Missouri.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, September 11

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. in the Field of Dreams pavilion between the high school baseball and softball diamonds.
    ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.

  • 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.

  • Bowen – 40 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bowen will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this Saturday.

    Bob and Ann Bowen were married on Sept. 13, 1974, at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    They have two children: Shane Bowen and his wife, Kristen, of Ballwin, Mo., and Cheri and her husband Eric Lux of Effingham. They have three grandchildren: Ellie Bowen, and Macy and Ryann Lux.
    The Bowens, formerly of Vandalia, currently reside in Keyesport.

  • Sporleder – 60 years

    Melvin and Lillian Sporleder of Altamont, formerly of St. Peter, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this Friday.