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Today's News

  • City employees agree to take more furlough hours

    After meeting in closed session for about 30 minutes on Monday, the Vandalia City Council approved memorandums of understanding through which city employees agree to take more furlough days.
    After that, the council approved a pay increase for a city employee which was an attempt to rectify an apparent violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

  • Council rejects zoning change that would allow church move

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday rejected a change to its zoning ordinance that would have allowed a local church to move into the former home of Rural King.
    In a 6-2 vote, the council denied a request to add places of worship as a permitted use in land bearing a general commercial designation.
    The request was made to allow First Assembly of God Church to relocate in the building at 1616 Veterans Ave. that housed the Vandalia Rural King prior to its move to 1410 Veterans Ave.

  • Council rejects levy with higher tax rates

    Two weeks after a number of residents voiced their opposition to the city’s plan to increase three of its tax rates to the maximum levels, the Vandalia City Council rejected a tax levy that included those higher rates.
    The council voted 4-4 on the approval of the new tax levy, with aldermen Bret Brosman, Larry Bennett, Larry Cable and Andy Lester voting for the new levy and aldermen Jerry Swarm, Dean Black, Mike Hobler and Lisa McNutt casting dissenting votes.
    Mayor Rick Gottman broke the tie by voting not to approve the levy.

  • Council rejects zoning ordinance change

    The Vandalia City Council on Monday rejected a change to its zoning ordinance that would have allowed the First Assembly of God Church to move into the former home of Rural King on Veterans Avenue.

    In a 6-2 vote, the council rejected a proposal to include places of worship among the permitted uses in its general commercial zoning districts.

    That change had been recommended by the city's planning commission.

    For more, see this week's issue of The Leader-Union.

  • Council rejects higher tax levy

    By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

    Two weeks after a number of residents voiced their opposition to the city's plan to increase tax rates for three funds to the maximum levels, the Vandalia City Council rejected a tax levy with those higher rates.

    The council voted 4-4 on the new tax levy, and Mayor Rick Gottman cast a tie-breaking, dissenting vote.

  • U of I Extension names educators for 26 multi-county units

    The statewide reorganization of University of Illinois Extension continued last week, with the appointments of 118 educators who will serve in the 26 newmulti-county Extension Units across Illinois.

    Only Cook County remains as a single-county Extension operation.

         Although the reorganization was prompted by a shortfall in state funding, staffing decisions have been made on the basis of local program needs, according to Robert Hoeft, Interim Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach on the Urbana campus.

  • Centennial Farm

    A farm in rural St. Elmo that has been owned by members of the same family for nearly 125 years was recently recognized as a centennial farm by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

    Most recently owned by Dolores and the late Virgil Voelker, the farm is located in Avena Township, just south of Interstate 70 near the county line.

  • Frogtown News

    Thanksgiving Guests
    Thanksgiving Day guests of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were: Mahala Harpster, Helen Limes, Renee Key and Mike Harmon. Kyle Higgenbotham visited later in the afternoon.

    Weekend Visitors
    Weekend visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter were Mitch and Gretchen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Amanda Eller of Jackson, Mo.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

     “She Came To a Screeching Halt”
    …were the words said by the male human of the Homestead, namely my husband, Bill. He was referring to my busy, busy lifestyle and the sudden stop caused by my episode when I slipped and fell, breaking the fibula in my left ankle.

    We were in Decatur on Saturday, having went there for a post-Thanksgiving dinner, but rather than go to a hospital emergency room there, I wanted to be taken care of by our own staff in Vandalia.

  • News Briefs (Dec. 2)

    Rotary Christmas Parade is Saturday

    Santa will make his first visit of the season to the Vandalia area when he rides his sleigh into town in the Rotary Christmas Parade this Saturday.