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Today's News

  • Council approves TIF grant, lake club lease

    The Vandalia City Council approved on Monday a grant to help fund the renovation of a long-time business and a new lease with the Vandalia Shrine Club.
    The council approved a Tax Increment Financing grant of up to $15,000 to Dennis Young for improvements to Arthur Young Inc., a longtime Chevrolet dealer in Vandalia.
    Young told the city’s TIF Advisory Committee at its March 8 meeting that originally, General Motors wanted him to make renovations totaling about $600,000.

  • County expects to vote on liquor license

    The Fayette County Board chairman alerted board members last week that they will likely be voting on the issuance of a liquor license at their April meeting.
    At the February meeting, the board was scheduled to vote on an application from Steve and Latisha Mabry, who plan to open a restaurant on Ill. Route 185 on the east side of Vandalia Lake.

  • News Briefs

    Extension Foundation dinner is April 7

    The Fayette County Extension Foundation will hold a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, at the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.
    The meal will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, breadsticks, homemade dessert and drink. Tickets for 13 years of age and up are $7 each, and tickets for children ages 5-12 years of age are $4 each; children under 5 eat free.

  • Vandalia Idol finale is Saturday

    With both nights of preliminary competition complete, eight finalists prepare to compete this Saturday for a $250 cash award and the honor of being the Vandalia Idol for the third season.
    The second-place winner in each division of the Idol competition, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Vandalia, will receive $100.
    The competition, held at First Baptist Church in Vandalia, begins at 6 p.m.
    The public is invited to attend, and admission is $3 per person.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Zayne L. Nash, 20, RR 3, Vandalia, was arrested on March 19 on a charge of criminal trespass to a residence. Bond was $15,000.
    • Whitney C. Dealy, 27, Gillespie, was arrested on March 19 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.
    • Gaige C. Stief, 19, 2109 Burg Trail, Fillmore, was arrested on March 18 on charges of reckless driving and leaving a vehicle unattended. No bond information was listed on the arrest log.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 21

    ✔ 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.

  • Bonifaciuses ready to help in Brownstown

    Pastor Kevin Bonifacius and his wife, Connie, arrived in Brownstown in January to minister to First Christian Church.

  • Electric aggregation meeting is Thursday

    A public hearing for both Vandalia and Fayette County on the issue of electric aggregation is this Thursday night.
    Good Energy is holding the public meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. in the large courtroom at the Fayette County Courthouse.
    At the meeting, Good Energy representatives will explain the issue of municipal aggregation, as well as answer questions from people in the audience.
    A municipal aggregation referendum is on the April 9 consolidated election ballot.

  • Rotary taking on downtown trees

    Vandalia aldermen learned more details on Monday about the plan to solve the unsuccessful planting of trees along Gallatin Street in the downtown business district.
    Mayor Rick Gottman reported that city employees have helped a private contractor remove any remaining trees, along with the containers in which they were planted.
    In those holes, redbud, lilac and crab apple trees will be planted, with the Vandalia Rotary Club maintaining them.

  • More school cuts, changes OK'd

    Another wave of personnel cuts and organizational changes was unveiled Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education.