Local News

  • Water discussions continue

    Now that Vandalia residents have voted down a proposed sales tax increase that would have helped fund a new water plant, the question is, how will the city come up with those funds.
    When Alderman Joel Rebbe posed that question at Monday’s city council meeting, Alderman Dorothy Crawford said, “Water bill and property taxes.
    “We don’t have a choice anymore,” Crawford said.
    Rebbe asked that question during a lengthy discussion on the amount of water processed by the city and the amount billed.

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  • Murray joins school board

    The Vandalia Board of Education welcomed a new member at the start of a special meeting last Thursday.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, November 15

    ✔ This Thursday is the deadline to submit applications for Fayette County Caring & Sharing Christmas baskets. Applications can be dropped off at County Market, CEFS and Fayette County Health Department in Vandalia; First National Bank, St. Joseph's Food Pantry and Ramsey Elementary School in Ramsey; Brownstown Elementary School and Victory Lane in Brownstown; St. Elmo City Hall and St. Elmo Foods in St. Elmo; and St. Peter Post Office and Dollar General in Farina.

  • Stout resigns seat on Vandalia Park District Board

    A member of the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners who took the lead in the recent renovation of the Vandalia Swimming Pool, and then took over as president of the board, resigned last Thursday.
    Brian Stout tendered his resignation at last week’s meeting of the park board.
    “Over the course of my tenure on the Vandalia Park Board it has an absolute pleasure serving the citizens of Vandalia as well as working with the other members of the park board,” Stout said in his resignation letter.

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  • City will ask state for assistance with Fillmore sidewalk project

    The city of Vandalia took the first step in asking the state to help fund a major sidewalk construction project that has been discussed for some time.
    Prior to last week’s city council meeting, the council held a public hearing for a Safe Routes to School grant application to be filed with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
    The city hopes to receive up to $200,000 from the state for a sidewalk project estimated to cost $357,000.

  • County board loses 46 years of experience

    At a meeting during which it passed a budget with a slight positive balance and retained its administrative consultant for another year, the Fayette County Board on Tuesday recognized two board members attending their final meeting.

  • County school sales tax

    Vandalia School District officials say that if voters will approve a 1-percent in the local sales tax, they will use half of the revenue from that tax increases to reduce property taxes.