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  • Lake committee supports fine only for ordinance violations

    After the city’s building official presented three options to deal with ordinance violations at the site of a home construction on Vandalia Lake, aldermen on the city council’s lake committee recommended a fourth.
    That fourth option would include making changes to the ordinance as to what kind of structures are allowed at the lake.

  • City to step up boat permit enforcement

    If you plan to put a boat on Vandalia Lake, it better have a permit sticker attached.
    The decision to step up enforcement of the city ordinance requiring permits for boats on the lake was made during a meeting of the city council’s lake committee on Monday.
    And that decision comes as a result of complaints from individuals buying boating permits.

  • TIF request for another Octochem expansion

    Three days before Mark Langston was honored for the success and growth of Octochem, he talked with Vandalia aldermen about more growth at his marketing and sample fulfillment services business.
    During a work session held before last week’s city council meeting, Langston presented his plans for a new 70,000-square-foot addition to the business on Wagner Drive on Vandalia’s north side.
    The purpose of that meeting was to present to aldermen Langston’s request for additional Tax Increment Financing assistance.

  • Langston given KC entrepreneur award

    Mark Langston and OctoChem of Vandalia was recognized as the Teachers and Coaches Entrepreneurship Program Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019 at a ceremony held at Kaskaskia College on last Thursday.

  • Solar facility

    The Fayette County Board gave preliminary support for an expansion of the Vandalia-Fayette County Enterprise Zone on Tuesday upon learning about a planned solar energy facility in Ramsey Township.
    Matt Hortenstine of Taylor Law Offices explained that Ranger Power wants to construct in rural Ramsey a 99-megawatt facility on 700 acres of privately owned land.

  • Charters Patio

    Just a day after the fire last summer that destroyed the neighboring restaurant, John Willms was thinking beyond what would be needed to repair the damage to the home of Willms & Associates caused by that fire.

  • State's attorneys group opposing marijuana legislation

    By REBECCA ANZEL
    Capitol News Illinois
    ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com

    Criminal record expungement language in a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois might be unconstitutional. That is the warning one chief county law enforcement official gave to the State Journal-Register for a story first published online Monday.
    At issue is the General Assembly’s legal authority to erase criminal records for those previously convicted of possession crimes.  

  • Taking the Oath
  • OSBG work day is this Saturday

    R.I.P. (Restoration in Progress) will be sponsoring its third annual Community Action Team this Saturday to work at the Old State Burial Ground in Vandalia, financially supported by Thrivent Financial.
    The purpose of the Community Action Team is to bring community members together, to live generously, by volunteering to accomplish an unmet need in the community – the restoration and preservation of the Old State Burial Ground.

  • Calendar

    Friday, May 17

    ✔ Chapter 18 of the Road Riders for Jesus Motorcycle Ministry is holding an appreciation cookout in the parking lot of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office for all local law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    ✔ Bingo at the American Legion Home in Vandalia at 7 p.m.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.
    ✔ Commencement exercises for South Central High School are at 7 p.m.

    Saturday, May 18