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Today's News

  • Meeting on rail crossings issue is July 29

    Vandalia officials will discuss a proposal to replace railroad crossing signals with stop signs at a committee meeting in two weeks.

    Also at the meeting, city officials will accept comments from the public about that proposal.

    The Vandalia City Council’s streets and public safety committees will hold that meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 29.

    Being proposed are the replacement of crossing signals with stop signs at:

    • Fillmore Street

  • Post 95 eliminated from District Tournament

    TEUTOPOLIS — Post 95 nearly made a ninth-inning comeback against Salem on Sunday, but would fall a run short to be eliminated from the Sr. Legion District Tournament.

    Vandalia scored twice in the top of the ninth, but stranded two runners in scoring position to give Salem the 5-4 victory.

    In the Post 95's first game of the double-elimination tournament, it lost to Teutopolis, 6-2, on Friday night.

    Vandalia closes the summer with a 14-16 record.

  • Basement fire in Old Capitol View building early Friday

    A fire early last Friday morning damaged the basement of a building that houses a downtown Vandalia restaurant.

     

    Vandalia’s volunteer firefighters were called to Old Capitol View Restaurant at 1:07 a.m. after a passer-by noticed smoke coming from the building.

    Fire Chief Ed Taylor said the fire started in a basement living area that is unoccupied, and that firefighters contained the fire to that area. Damage to the upstairs area, which houses the restaurant, was limited to smoke, he said.

  • County tables request from city for money

    The Fayette County Board on Tuesday tabled a request from the city for funding assistance with the extension of a water line in the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange.

    The city has asked the county to chip in $112,000 for the water line extension, which an engineer has estimated to cost $212,000.

    Several board members balked at the request, with the reasons cited including the county’s financial status, the amount requested being more than half of the total project cost and the fear of setting a precedent.

  • Public hearing on county solid waste ordinance is Aug. 13

    The Fayette County Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed solid waste and nuisance ordinance prior to its regular August meeting.

    The board agreed to hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, meeting to discuss and hear public comments on the proposed ordinance.

    The proposed ordinance is available for review in a pdf. attached here. To read the ordinance, click on the headline above, and then click on Solid Waste Ordinance to download a .pdf of the ordinance.

  • Public hearing on county solid waste ordinance is Aug. 13

    The Fayette County Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed solid waste and nuisance ordinance prior to its regular August meeting.

    The board agreed to hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, meeting to discuss and hear public comments on the proposed ordinance.

  • Brownstown-Sefton

    In Response to Several Inquiries
    No, we haven’t figured out what kind of critter chewed the end of the spout off our good gas can.

  • Wild Turkey Federation banquet is Friday, July 19, at Moose Lodge

    Food, fun, fellowship and fundraising are set as the main events at the 19th annual Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquet, hosted by the Okaw Valley Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation on Friday, July 19, at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.
    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Reserve tickets by calling Aaron Miller at (217) 292-8474.
    The NWTF’s Hunting Heritage Banquets raise funds for wild turkey conservation while combining a great meal with a chance to swap stories with other sportsmen and women.

  • Frogtown News

    Recovering from Surgery
    Larry Urban of St. Peter underwent double knee replacement surgery on July 2 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.
    Dane and Belinda Harpster, and Mahala Harpster and fiancé Nathan Jacquin visited him on July 4.
    Sue Urban spent a few nights with Mahala Harpster of Villa Ridge, Mo., while awaiting his release. Larry is now recovering at home.
    Birthday Celebration
    Belinda Harpster of St. Peter celebrated her birthday on Sunday by attending the Cardinals game at St. Louis.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The ExxonMobil Annuitants Club met on June 27 at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia, with 30 members and four guests present.
    Vice President Mike Mulhern welcomed all members and guests, followed by the pledge to the flag. Brock Fisher gave the blessing before the meal.
    After the meal, Mulhern called the meeting to order. The secretary and treasurer reports were read and approved.  Birthdays and anniversaries for June were also read.