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  • New school tax bills will be about the same

    The Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday approved a tax levy rate that is virtually unchanged from last year – meaning that the school portion of property owners’ tax bills will stay about the same.
    “Based on the information we’re getting from the courthouse, there has been minimal growth in the county,” Superintendent Rich Well told the board.
    “As a result, we look for our tax levies to be the same as last year.”
    The rate for this year will be 5.21. Last year, it was 5.20.

  • Pool plans coming

    The Vandalia Park District expects to get proposals from two engineering firms for work on the Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool by next month.
    Park district Commissioner Brian Stout reported at last Thursday’s meeting that he has been in contact with representatives of Crawford & Associates and Hurst-Roche.
    He said that Rodney Potts of Crawford & Associates plans to present three options – bronze, silver and gold.
    The gold plan, Stout said, calls for “a revamping, a redoing of everything.”

  • Committee favors local firm for water plant plans

    A Vandalia City Council committee said on Monday that it favors going with an engineering firm that has an office in Vandalia for preliminary design work on a new water plant.
    The council’s water and sewer committee discussed proposals for that design work that were submitted by Hurst-Roche Engineers and John Crawford & Associates earlier this month.
    Alderman Mike Hobler said he would like to go with Crawford & Associates, which opened an office in Vandalia earlier this year, for a couple reasons.

  • Water, sewer extensions OK'd

    Initially, Mike Hobler was the only Vandalia alderman to oppose extending water and sewer lines past the driveway of the new South Central FS facility north of Interstate 70.
    But the more he explained his reasoning, the more other alderman sided with him.
    In the end, however, the city council voted 5-3 to approve an alternate bid for water and sewer line extensions in the northeast quadrant of Vandalia’s western I-70 interchange, with the deciding factor being a contribution from Fayette County for the project.

  • VJHS Winter Concert reset for Wednesday

    The Vandalia Junior HIgh School Winter Concert, postponed on Saturday due to the weather, will now be held at 4 p.m. this Wednesday.

    The cookie walk will begin at 5 p.m. The cost is $10 per bag, with bags being provided.

  • New jobs always welcome in area

    Any time new jobs come to the county, it’s a good thing. When they come in large quantities, it’s a really good thing.
    An announcement last week by Pinnacle Foods of St. Elmo that it will hire an additional 90 employees in the first half of 2015 – more than doubling its current workforce – represents some much-needed positive news for the area.

  • Sanders announces run for circuit judge

    Associate Judge Ericka Sanders of Marion County announced that she will run for the circuit judge position to be vacated by retiring Judge Sherri L. E. Tungate.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, December 12

    ✔ TOPS IL 2490 will meet from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Ramsey. Weigh-in is from 9-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Dovie Heaton-Bergin at 283-1729.
    ✔ The Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. in the conference room at the Okaw Area Vocational Center, located on the Vandalia Community High School campus west of the high school.

  • Friday night's gala a new fundraiser

    A new holiday event at the Vandalia Statehouse is designed to raise funds for improvements to Illinois’ oldest existing capitol.

  • Museum open house is Saturday

    The Fayette County Museum Holiday Open House will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. this Saturday.
    The open house at the museum, which is located north of the Vandalia Statehouse at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Main Street, will feature musical entertainment by Baroque Folk.
    The group of local musicians will be in period dress as they perform period music on period instruments.