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  • Calendar

    Friday, June 22

    ✔ Bingo is held at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 home. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and bingo begins at 7 p.m.
    ✔ First Pentecostal Church in Vandalia will be holding a road block at Veterans Avenue from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday to accept donations for a mission trip to the Phillipines.
    ✔ The Vandalia Moose Lodge is holding a shrimp boil from 5:30-7:30 p.m. or until they run out of shrimp. The cost is $10 per plate. The public is invited.

  • Swimming lesson deadline is Saturday

    Lisa Robbins, manager of the Vandalia Swimming Pool, announced this week that this Saturday is the last day to sign up for swimming lessons this summer at the pool.


  • Vandalia School District hooking up with professional development group

    The Vandalia Board of Education agreed on Monday to hook up with a coalition that can provide district staff with additional, ongoing professional opportunities.
    The Illinois Association of Supervision, Curriculum and Development is part of the national ASCD that offers “leadership institutes, workshops, and programs that focus on the quality of teaching and learning.”
    Representatives of the IASCD told board members that the association offers publications such as research journals and email educational briefs.

  • Committees meeting on city's economic developer position

    Two Vandalia City Council committees will meet this Thursday as part of the process of hiring an economic development director.
    Mayor Rick Gottman set the noon meeting of the personnel and economic development committees during the brief city council meeting on Monday.
    At that meeting, Gottman said that the city officials “will discuss an individual for economic development director.”
    The economic development director position has been vacant since Brian Stout resigned in May of last year.

  • Co-interim administrators at FCHD

    Two individuals are serving as co-interim administrators of the Fayette County Health Department while the County Board of Health works to fill the position on a permanent basis.
    Heather Jackson, the coordinator of the WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program, and Dee Sanders, a WIC nurse who is the retired coordinator of that program, have been appointed by the board of health to jointly perform administrator duties.
    That action was taken following the resignation of Rhonda Andrews from the position.

  • City to begin enforcing lake lot rules

    Acknowledging that regulations for lease lots at Vandalia Lake have not always been strictly enforced, city officials say that they are ready to do so.
    Part of that plan is to next month approve a list of non-conforming structures at the lake, which will be grandfathered in as stricter enforcement begins.

  • Abe, the Performer
  • Grande Levée is this Friday and Saturday

    • 5-7 p.m.: Old-fashioned ham and beans dinner on Statehouse lawn, sponsored by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance.
    • 5-8 p.m.:  Ice cream sponsored by Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Tours of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Grand Camera Obscura.
    • 5-8 p.m.: Mr. Lincoln (Randy Duncan) roaming the grounds.
    • 6-8 p.m.: Chris Vallillo, “Abraham. Lincoln in Song” (folk music). Take lawn chairs.

  • Renovation of Holiday Inn Express complete

    The Holiday Inn Express in Vandalia celebrated a multi-million dollar renovation of the hotel with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house last Thursday afternoon.

  • No trial date set yet in murder case

    The attorney for a Mulberry Grove man charged with murder in February of this year on Friday told a judge he has a lot of work yet to do.
    Fayette County Public Defender William Starnes, who is representing David Leroy Bright, told Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor, “The (amount) of discovery is voluminous.
    “Setting a trial date now would be premature,” Starnes said.
    Starnes told Sheafor that he needs time to determine whether he will need to call expert witnesses at trial.