Area News

Interest remains in downtown group after a year

After almost a year, the Downtown Vandalia Partnership met Monday, Feb. 22 at the Kaskaskia College Education Center. The organization, formed nearly a year ago, had not met due to the coronavirus pandemic. After a representative came to Vandalia from the Retail Academy, based in Birmingham, AL, visited Vandalia in 2019, then Amber Daulbaugh, economic…

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Library close to reaching goal for new building

Evans Public Library is just more than halfway from reaching its goal of $300,000 by June in order to reach the requirements for a grant to build a new facility. Jessica Blain, director of the library, reports  the project was initially much larger than what it is today. When submitted, she says, the library district…

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Council continues gaming liquor license discussion

The Vandalia City Council discussed liquor licenses for gaming establishments at the Monday night, March 1 meeting. After typical housekeeping duties, the council held a first reading of an ordinance for a Class J liquor license for Randy Meyer from Meyer Oil Co., for a gaming parlor. Upon examination of the application for the license,…

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Vandalia grad achieves goal of becoming prison warden

A Vandalia Community High School graduate has been named at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, S.D. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Kimberly Bennett assumed warden duties at Federal Prison Camp Yankton on Jan. 11. Bennett began her career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as a correctional officer at Federal Correctional…

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Students to fully return to classrooms Mar. 15

Students of Vandalia School District #203 will fully return to classrooms as of Monday, Mar. 15. That was the recommendation of Superintendent Jen Garrison at last Tuesday night’s virtual meeting of the board. In her report to the board, Garrison noted that there were as of that day, no active cases of COVID-19 in the…

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Vandalia graduate achieves goal of becoming prison warden

A Vandalia Community High School graduate has been named at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, S.D. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Kimberly Bennett assumed warden duties at Federal Prison Camp Yankton on Jan. 11. Bennett began her career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, as a correctional officer at Federal Correctional…

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Council debates number of gaming licenses

How many game rooms are too much for the City of Vandalia? That was a question indirectly introduced to the Vandalia City Council Monday night, in which a Class J liquor license was not approved for an applicant. The decision to reject an application for a new gaming facility was rejected following the approval to…

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Local woman sets up foundation, business here

A Browntown native has returned to the area to start a business and a non-profit foundation to help COVID patients, vets, and others who may need a helping hand. Jacquelyn “Jax” Grace, has recently moved back to the area to start the Purpose of Grace concierge, which was officially incorporated last Tuesday, Feb. 9. She…

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Annual Lincoln Dinner postponed, possibly rescheduled for summer

The annual Lincoln Dinner, hosted by the Fayette Republican Central Committee has been postponed this year. “It is with great disappointment that we are announcing the postponement of this month Lincoln Day Dinner. We are planning to hold an outdoor event later this spring/summer,” a statement proclaimed on the party’s website. “Please know that this…

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