Local News

  • City files papers to stop lake restaurant

    One day after the city council voted to affirm its decision to take a proposed Vandalia Lake restaurant to court, the city filed the papers to make that decision official.
    The city’s legal counsel, Burnside, Johnson and Sheafor, filed in Fayette County Circuit Court on Tuesday a complaint for declaratory judgment.
    Named in the complaint are Steve and Latisha Mabry, who are planning to open a steakhouse, Lake House, on Vandalia Lake.

  • IHPA director looks over the Vandalia Statehouse

    While assessing the condition of the Vandalia Statehouse last week, the director of the state agency that oversees the building offered reminders of what it means to Vandalia and Illinois.

  • Soroptimists Beautify Downtown Vandalia

    Soroptimist International of Vandalia has again enhanced the downtown district by planting flowers in barrels in front of businesses.

    In the first photo, from left, Joanna Helm, Amber Miller and Megan McCarty plant flowers in front of Helm's business, Words, Wicks and Wood. In the second photo, from left to right, Soroptimist members Angela Graves, Marion Shroyer, Marilyn Cole, Teresa Walker and Cheryl England are shown on a planting day.

  • Tools for School drive under way

    Once again the Tools for School program, which provides free school supplies to students who need help in Fayette County only, is under way.
    The first step is to receive donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and others. Gifts of money enable the purchase of exactly what the teachers indicate their students need.
    Those who wish to donate supplies, may contact First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, 283-0927, to see what is needed.

  • Donation to Habitat Store
  • Results of art shows at Artworks Gallery are announced

    The annual Amateur Town & Country Art Show and the Professional Art Show for 2013 were held June 15-23.

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  • County OKs new EMA agreement

    The Fayette County Board voted last week to continue its agreement with the Fayette County Health Department for the county’s Emergency Management Agency coordinator.
    This is the second year for that partnership, through which Kendra Craig serves as the EMA coordinator while continuing to work for the health department.
    The agreement calls for the FCHD to obtain grant funding for the coordinator’s salary, and the county to reimburse the health department quarterly for one-fourth of the EMA grant.
    Also at last Tuesday’s meeting:

  • Well assesses future school funding

    Just before its last regular meeting of the fiscal year, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday held a special meeting to approve an amended 2012-13 budget.
    Such amendments, which are permitted under the Illinois School Code, allow districts to plug in unanticipated income or expenditures to produce a more accurate budget.
    “Only a few line items were changed,” district Business Manager Lori Meseke told the board. “Revenues have come in as projected, but there will be a couple lines on the expense side that will change.”