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Editorials

  • Arrests prove that people help fight crime

    On the front page of this issue, we have a story telling how two individuals were arrested for a number of local burglaries. Those arrests were possible through the help of a private citizen.
    Among the items stolen on Sunday were credit cards, and when one of the cards couldn't be validated at a Salem business, the employee handling the transaction got suspicious. So, he wrote down the license plate of the car driven by the person attempting to use the card.

  • Traffic flow will require some patience

    There is no perfect solution.
    Traffic is going to get more congested on the north end of Vandalia in a few weeks, and there's not really anything that can be done about it.
    The shifting of students from Jefferson Primary School to Vandalia Elementary School means that more parents will be dropping off and picking up their children before and after school each day.

  • School year starting soon

    As you can see by reading this issue, the start of a new school year is just around the corner, and everyone is helping students and their parents be prepared.
    In this issue, we include the times and dates for area school registrations, as well as information about the Back(Packs) 2 School and Tools for School programs. At the request of Vandalia School District officials, we are repeating detailed information about registration and school supply lists.

  • New school year nearing

    Before you know it, you'll be again sending your children off to school each morning. Yes, a new school year is just around the corner.
    Perhaps you've already started preparing for another year, buying new supplies and clothes. Local school officials are also gearing up for the 2015-16 school year.
    In this issue, we have two pages of registration information provided by Vandalia School District officials.

  • Our fair offers a wide variety

    For some, it's the pageants. For others, it's the 4-H shows. And yet others enjoy the stock car races, tractor and truck pulls, and other grandstand attraction. And, of course, there are the rides and the food.
    The Fayette County Fair offers all of that, and more.
    The fair gets under way on Sunday, as the county's 4-H members prepare for the shows that run through much of the week and the fair association presents a new grandstand attraction, an a capella quartet, that evening.

  • Take in the Lincoln Festival

    While you are enjoying an outdoor theater, you probably won't even notice that you are taking in a history lesson.
    The third annual Lincoln Heritage Festival is being held on Saturday and Sunday in Vandalia's parks along Fillmore Street.
    Sandra Leidner, a former mayor, and the Vandalia Tourism  Committee are once again providing a two-day festival that includes a wide variety of activities.

  • Be safe on the Fourth

    It's a three-day, midsummer celebration likely to be full of picnics, barbecues, boating and other outdoor activities. It's also something that can turn tragic in a second.
    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people, on average, go to the emergency room with injuries caused by fireworks around the Fourth of July.
    Of those injured, 40 percent are between the ages of 25 and 44, and 14 percent are in the 45-64 age range. Twenty percent of those injured are between the ages of 10 and 19.

  • Get to work in Springfield

    Remember when the city of Vandalia received a state grant to replace the Johnson Street bridge over the rail line with a flat road surface? How about the grant funds that helped pay for the extension of Sunset Drive from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street?
    Those are just two examples of how far our state has fallen in the past 25 years or so.
    Today, schools aren't getting the funds owed to them, our governor has threatened to take away a big portion of the money owed to municipalities and many important services and programs are on the verge of extinction.

  • Welcome, Law Dogs

    Vandalia will be roaring with the sound of hundreds of motorcycles later this week as Vandalia hosts the national rally of Law Dogs, a motorcycle group made up of people associated with law enforcement and the military.
    It's the second time within two months that we are hosting a national gathering right here in Vandalia.
    That means that our city and its people is doing something right.

  • Happy Anniversary

    It's been five years since Kathy Schultz got the idea of using Facebook to help preserve Vandalia's history in photographs.
    Little did Schultz know just how well received that Facebook page, Vandalia Memories, would become or just how many would join with her in that effort.
    Today, there are 88 albums containing hundreds and hundreds of photos that show Vandalia's past, with many of those photos previously unseen by many of us in the community.