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Today's News

  • Decision on treasurer's post made quickly

    Whether the city of Vandalia should switch the city treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one can be debated. One factor fueling that debate was the pace at which that action was taken.
    It was less than a month ago that the Vandalia City Council’s personnel, finance and insurance committee held its first meeting about  possible pay increases for the city officials to be elected next spring – mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and four aldermen.

  • New Vandalia School District budget far from final

    Though Vandalia school officials have a budget on display for the public to review, that document is far from final.
    The problem, Superintendent Rich Well said Tuesday night, is that too many state funding issues are still up in the air.
    “It’s a living document until we get more information from the state about funding,” Well said. “There are several big-number questions, and it’s all going to change.”

  • Public asked to help find drug plants

    The Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force (SEIDTF), based in Effingham, is asking for assistance from the public in identifying possible illegal cannabis plant grow operations.

  • Auditor is 'concerned' about 2 county funds

    The auditor for Fayette County told county board members last Thursday that he was “concerned,” but not alarmed, about a couple of county funds after completing his annual review.
    Rod Croxford of Croxford and Co. of Alton told board members that the audit showed the county’s net cash assets dropping by about $400,000, and its investments decreasing by about $500,000.
    “It’s not alarming trend, but they do concern me a little bit,” Croxford said.
    The decrease in investments, he said, is “just the economy.”

  • Holding on Tight

    Fayette County resident Chandler Durbin holds on tight while competing in the rodeo offered by C-Bar Rodeo at the Fayette County Fair last Thursday night.

  • Gillespie trial reset

    The jury trial for the former librarian of the St. Elmo Library District who is charged with stealing money from the district has been pushed back.
    The trial for Terri E. Gillespie had been scheduled to begin on July 30, but at a pretrial hearing on Wednesday morning, another pretrial was set for Aug. 8.
    Gillespie’s jury trial is now set for Aug. 27.
    Discussions on a possible plea agreement between Fayette County State’s Attorney Stephen G. Friedel and Gillespie’s attorney, D. Peter Wise of Springfield are continuing.

  • Council sets salaries for elected officials

    As the Vandalia City Council took the first step in setting salaries for city officials elected in the spring on Monday, Mayor Rick Gottman announced that his name would be on the ballot.
    Gottman said that he plans to seek a fourth term in office, making that announcement as the council voted to support a slight pay increase for the mayor.
    And, Gottman said, if he is re-elected, he would give that increase to a non-profit organization.

  • City treasurer now an appointed post

    About three weeks after one alderman said he was “leaning toward a referendum” on making the city treasurer position appointed instead of elected, the Vandalia City Council took that action itself.
    The council voted unanimously to make that change, which will go into effect on May 1 of next year.
    Mayor Rick Gottman explained the reason for the motion, stating that the ordinance was drawn up upon “a request from some of you (aldermen).”

  • For the veterans

    Two local veterans were honored prior to Vandalia’s opening game in the Sr. Legion district tournament, and the players furthered honored those men throughout the tournament, by playing with a competitive spirit.

    Dwight Hagy and Floyd Meseke, both World War II veterans, were honored in a short ceremony on Saturday night before Post 95 defeated Salem, 9-6, with players from each team shaking hands with and thanking the veterans before taking the field.

  • Post 95 battles in four district tournament games

    Hard-fought battles against Effingham and Salem in the district tournament brought the Vandalia Sr. Legion season to a close this past weekend, with Post 95 getting eliminated by Effingham on Monday.

    Post 95 finished the year with an 18-11 record, which included a season-high winning streak of five games and a stretch with nine wins in 11 games from June 13-28.

    Players from 10 high schools made up the team, and they meshed quickly, making the season both enjoyable and successful.