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    Habitat Store to collect donations

    Beginning on Aug. 1, the Habitat Store, located at 418 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia, will begin accepting donations of clean clothing, jewelry, household items, small appliances, small pieces of furniture and knick-knacks.
    All profits from the store, formerly known as Nice Twice, will benefit Fayette County Habitat for Humanity, with all funds staying in the county.
    Donations will be accepted at the door in the alley from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Plaque winners at Ford Show announced

    Jim Staff, Vandalia, first place
    Pete Burnam, Vandalia, first place
    Jackie Warner, Vandalia, third place
    Richard Pollard, Salem, second place
    Charles Harris, Ramsey, first place
    Charles Philpot, Vandalia, third place
    Bob Maxedon, Sullivan, second place
    Rick and Christy Strange, Tamaroa, first place
    Bill Rowe, Eureka, Mo., first place
    Levi Carrol, Ramsey, second place
    Aaron Lay, Vandalia, third place
    Brandon Kraft, Thompsonville, second place
    Terry and Lisa Robbins, Vandalia, first place

  • County board OKs redistricting map

    Fayette County officials charged with reorganizing the seven county districts to reflect population shifts learned that the task would not be anywhere near as difficult as they expected.
    In fact, they learned that all they had to do was make a trip to Springfield, and the work would be done for them.
    At its meeting last Thursday, the county board approved a new district map that includes only two changes – moving Bowling Green Township from District 7 to District 1, and moving two blocks in Vandalia (100 residents) from District 3 to District 4.

  • Drone retires; Wollerman promoted to regional superintendent

    The regional superintendent of schools for this three-county area announced last Thursday night that he was retiring, with that decision based on the governor’s attempts to reduce funding for that level of education in the state.

  • City moves on more downtown work; Dean Black resigns

    Vandalia officials will take the next step on more downtown improvements this Thursday afternoon.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the council’s street committee will be meeting at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday to work on plans for improvements in the one-block areas of Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets.

  • Niemerg named assistant principal at VCHS

    A science teacher and coach at Vandalia Community High School has been hired as assistant principal there.

  • School district 'in real solid shape'

    In an abbreviated 30-minute meeting, the Vandalia Board of Education on Tuesday heard a preliminary report on the district’s fiscal-year-end financial statement and approved a handful of personnel items.
    The board also spent several hours on Tuesday – both before and after the monthly meeting – interviewing five candidates for the assistant principal position at Vandalia Community High School. After those interviews were completed, the board voted to hire VCHS science teacher Nick Niemerg as the new assistant principal. See associated story on page 11.

  • Car-nival at the lake

    All types of Fords – from one of the earliest Model T’s to some late-model Mustangs – were on display at Vandalia Lake over the weekend.

  • State treasurer, first state treasurer box in Vandalia on Wednesday


  • Drone retires: Wollerman is new ROE superintendent

    Mark Drone, superintendent of Regional Office of Education No. 3 since May 2004, announced his retirement at Thursday's meeting of the Fayette County Board.

    Drone said that Friday was his last day on the job, and that Julie Wollerman, who has been serving as the assistant regional superintendent, will take over as the regional superintendent on Monday.

    For more on this story, see next week's issue of The Leader-Union.