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Chamber, city encourage residents to shop local

The Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is working with the City of Vandalia to put on the American Express, “Shop Small, Shop Local” event on Nov. 27. The goal of this event is to encourage local residents to do their holiday shopping with the small businesses in their community–particularly the brick-and-mortar businesses. The goal…

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Two earn honors from IPA

Illinois Principal Association Kaskaskia Region recently announced its Excellence in Education Award recipients. Locally, two were recognized. Travis Portz, principal at Ramsey Elementary School, was named as elementary principal of the year, and Todd Stapleton, of WKRV in Vandalia, was named as media person of the year. “Numerous worthy candidates were submitted to the Kaskaskia…

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Eagle candidate completes project

Conner McCall recently completed his Eagle Scout project, building shelves at the 6:35 Food Pantry. McCall is a member of Vandalia Boy Scout Troop 401, and a candidate for Eagle. “They were talking about putting flags up in the church,” McCall said. “We went in to look around of at project, and there were school…

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Fayette County board hears arguments regarding local trash facility

MIKE WARREN, Staff Writer The tension was palpable last Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 10 and 11, at the Vandalia Moose Lodge as the Fayette County Board heard arguments both favor and opposed to applicant Chris Sutter’s proposed waste transfer station. The proposed station is to be in the same area as some rural Fayette County…

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School board votes to return to local control on COVID mitigations

MIKE WARREN Staff Writer The Vandalia School Board met Monday, Nov. 16 and unanimously decided to return to a mask-optional policy. Vandalia will once again become a mask-optional school effective Monday, Dec. 6. According to school board Vice-President Joe Schaal, Vandalia will be returning to level one in the mitigation metrics, which is a category…

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City economic director resigns

Amber Daulbaugh tendered her official resignation to Mayor Gottman on Friday, Nov. 12. Amber is resigning from her position as Vandalia’s Director of Economic Development to accept a sales position with a local business. She wrote in her letter, “I want to express my sincere gratitude to you [Mayor Gottman], LaTisha and City Council for…

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Community Thanksgiving dinner at American Legion

The 15th annual Community Thanksgiving Meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion, 321 S. Seventh Street, on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25. There is no charge for the meal. Reservations are not required for the event and those in need of transportation, or for a meal delivery should…

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Altamont School District will try not to mandate COVID vaccinations

MIKE WARREN STAFF WRITER Altamont Superintendent Casey Adam reported Monday, Nov. 8 to the school board that she was trying to keep health decisions regarding COVID-19 at the lowest level, despite resistance from the state government. Adam said there would be “no forced vaccination without legislation.” Despite this, current and possible future legislation signed by…

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