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City agrees to acquire owner of American Legion artifacts

The Vandalia City Council has agreed to take ownership of the veteran artifacts that had been displayed at the local American Legion museum. Mayor Ricky Gottman informed the aldermen at the regular meeting Monday night that the Crawford Hale American Legion Hall Building is scheduled to go up for an online auction in November. Throughout…

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Local veteran takes Honor Flight

One local veteran got the chance to not only see the sights of the nation’s capital but also the opportunity to receive the hero’s welcome back home. Donald Pryor, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam, was invited as part of the Veterans Flight of Southern Illinois trip to Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The…

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Gallery: Vandalia Homecoming Coronation

  Preston Nestrick and Lauren Kaiser were crowned the 2022 Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the Vandalia-Staunton game Friday night. Check out the photo gallery above for more photos from the coronation.

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City discusses status on old Gallatin Street hotel

The Vandalia City Council heard a lengthy discussion about the current status of the old hotel on Gallatin Street during its regular meeting Monday night. Local Developer Dennis Grubaugh presented to the council a couple of options regarding the building, which had fallen into disrepair when bricks had fallen from the front facade earlier this…

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Vandalia to begin oiling streets on Monday

Street Oiling will begin Monday, weather permitting, (map and links below).  The city strongly urges everyone to use caution when driving in those areas and be ever mindful of the workers.  Map will also be on the City Website, www.vandaliaillinois.com The Street Department will not be picking up any brush during the week of oiling. …

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Photo: Ledbetter sworn in as police officer

Officer Matthew Ledbetter, left, is sworn in during the Vandalia City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 6, joining the Vandalia Police force. Ledbetter is joined by Mayor Ricky Gottman, Police Chief Jeff Ray and Deputy City Clerk Danielle Miller.  Photo by Leah Williams 

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Vandalia Christian Academy begins school year at new location

Editor’s Note: Enrollment is currently ongoing for K4 and kindergarten through fifth grade.   With just a few weeks before the start of the academic year, Vandalia Christian Academy found itself without a school. But through a lot of faith, students at the private school are now able to continue their studies at the First…

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