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Today's News

  • Non-exempt school workers receive 2-percent pay hike

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a 2-percent base salary increase for non-exempt district employees for the fiscal year starting July 1.
    That raise applies to cooks, custodians, bus drivers, directors and administrators. It does not apply to teachers, who are still negotiating with district administrators on a new contract.
    “The contract with the teachers’ union is still pending,” Superintendent Rich Well said after Tuesday’s meeting.
    “We met the last week in May, and we’ll meet again in July.”

  • No need to hike cemetery fee

    Shortly after agreeing to talk to Mother of Dolors Catholic Church about increasing the maintenance fee for the city’s Catholic Cemetery, Vandalia officials found out they didn’t need to pursue the issue.
    Alderman Neil Clark, chairman of the city’s cemetery and landfill committee, reported at the June 6 city council meeting that the committee recommended talking to the church about increasing the $750 annual maintenance fee.

  • Community Calendar-June 23, 2011

    Thursday, June 23

    ✔ The Summer Lunches for Kids program is under way. The lunches are available from 11-11:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home and in Rogier Park in Vandalia, at the township building in Shobonier and at the township garage in Vera.
    ✔ 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.

  • Marriage Licenses-June 23, 2011

    The following marriage licenses have been issued by the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun:

    William Scott McFarland
    Vandalia
    Sara Elizabeth Rees
    Vandalia
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    John Thomas Hawthorne
    Vandalia
    Mary Rachael Renee Wilkerson
    Vandalia
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    David Skylar Harrison
    Vandalia
    Danielle Jo Ann Crye
    Vandalia
    Jason Dominic Hoyle
    Vandalia
    Michele Rae Graumenz
    Vandalia
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    Timothy Dean Donnals

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Anthony M. Hays, 19, 710 W. Main St., Ramsey, was arrested on June 21 on charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal consumption of alcohol. No bond amount was listed.
    • Tammy R. Lewis, 40, 526 S. Seventh St., Vandalia, was arrested on June 20 for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Bond was $3,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 23, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows an uncle and his nephew.

  • The Way We Were-June 23, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Dr. Tom Jaselskis, a family practitioner in Vandalia for the past five years, announced that he was moving to Tennessee.
    Matt Baker of Vandalia and Brian Maske of Ramsey earned degrees from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
    Vernon and Alma Meyer of St. Peter were planning to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
    Brooke Straub and Mandi Wasmuth of Vandalia were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa sorority at Kaskaskia College.

  • Cemetery yields information about township

    Twice within the past 30 days, I have found myself in the historic Old Liberty Cemetery in Sefton Township. Prior to that,  I had never visited this historic burying ground, although I always thought that one day I would find the time.
    Wilma Kruger of Brownstown was my first guide, and we were on an ancestor hunt. As we followed the road that led to the cemetery, she told me some of her memories of this area. One must cross both a bridge and a ford to reach the cemetery.

  • Address issues directly, not by public criticisms

    Local developer Dennis Grubaugh expressed his displeasure with a city official at last week’s meeting of the Vandalia City Council. And, while we understand the need to address the issue raised by that city official, we also understand why Grubaugh was upset.
    At two prior city council meetings, Alderman Dean Black said he didn’t like the looks of the former State Farm Insurance building on Gallatin Street, referring to political signs covering the windows.

  • Local businesses urged to participate in survey

    The city of Vandalia has retained Growth Services Inc., a workforce consultant, to conduct a survey of area employers.
    The goal of the survey is to evaluate the area’s workforce from the businesses’ perspective.
    The results will be used to identify and address workforce issues within the region and take steps to ensure that the needs of area employers are being met, both now and in the future.