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City Council approves TIF recommendation for new downtown eatery

The Vandalia City Council agreed Monday night to accept the TIF recommendation and approved an ordinance for a new downtown restaurant’s redevelopment. Shelley Ledbetter had submitted a TIF application requesting funds to help purchase and renovate the Allie Mae’s Sweetery building at 615 W. Gallatin St. Ledbetter had requested $52,700 in TIF monies: $35,000 for…

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Hans sentenced to 10-plus years in federal prison

A Vandalia man was sentenced last week in federal court to spend more than 10 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this summer to drug and weapons charges. Shane Hans, 47, entered a guilty plea in July to one count of methamphetamine distribution, one count of possession with the intent to distribute meth and…

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November proclaimed as “Jean Stombaugh” month

A local woman was honored at the Vandalia City Council meeting in recognition of her many contributions and volunteer hours that she has dedicated over the years. Mayor Ricky Gottman presented Jean Stombaugh Monday night with a proclamation naming November in her honor. He also surprised her with a key to the city. “I would…

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Whitehead named Vandalia Lions Club Teacher of the Month

Danielle Whitehead has been selected as the Vandalia Lions Club Teacher of the Month. Whitehead is in her 16th year teaching. She graduated from VHS in 1996 and has always lived in the area. She enjoys cheering on the Vandals, crafting, soap-making, being outdoors and spending time with family. Whitehead said her favorite part about…

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Gallery: Halloween Happenings 2022

We hope everyone had a happy Halloween! Check out our gallery from Vandalia’s Downtown’ Trick or Treat, the Vandalia Moose Trunk-or-Treat and the Fayette County YMCA’s Trunk-or-Treat.

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79th Annual Vandalia Lion’s Club Halloween Parade celebrates the spooky season

Last Thursday night, Gallatin Street belonged to the ghosts, goblins and skeletons as a scary array of Halloween floats, figures and other participants marched during the 79th Annual Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade. Triple A Tumbling’s No Bones About It featured larger-than-life skeletons and won the top prize — Ponderosa Steakhouse Award — in the…

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Black named Halloween Parade Grand Marshal

The Grand Marshal for the 2022 Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade will be Dean Black, according to an announcement this week. Black moved to Fayette County in 1962, when he married his wife Elloise. He retired from ExxonMobile in 1996, and he has been described as someone who is always willing to lend a helping…

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