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Today's News

  • Tour of downtown businesses continues

    In my last column, we followed a tour of the south side of Gallatin Street provided by the late Esther Mabry Hausmann Buckley.  
    Written at the request of Charles Mills for The Leader-Union newspaper, Mrs. Buckley was pleasantly surprised that editor Mills found her writings interesting and published them in the pages of the newspaper.
    This week, our tour again starts near the Kaskaskia River, but this time it follows the north side of Gallatin Street westward to Sixth Street.
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  • Statehouse Open House is a step back in time

    About 170 years ago, when Abraham Lincoln was beginning his career in politics in what is now the Vandalia Statehouse, candles were the only way to light up the building. That’s what visitors to the Statehouse this Saturday will experience.
    The Statehouse, which is Illinois’ oldest existing capitol, will host its Christmas Open House from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
    The thing that draws most people to that holiday event is special Christmas ornament being given to the first 100 families to sign the guest register.

  • Brownstown VFW post reaching out to veterans

    This week’s Fayette Faces is the third in the theme of “Unwrapped Gifts.” Probably the most precious of all gifts are not wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons. Rather, they are wrapped with the warmth and caring love of the heart of the giver(s) … and that is what these stories are about.
    This week, it is about many people working together to make life a little better for those who have already given for others – our veterans – in the VA hospitals and also those who are homeless.

  • Visiting with the Clauses

    Eight-year-old Hannah Bricker visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the gazebo at Lincoln Park in Vandalia on Saturday morning, telling the Clauses what she would like to receive for Christmas. The visits followed the Vandalia Rotary Club's annual Christmas Parade.

  • 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.

  • 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.