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Editorials

  • Cleanup Week is next week

    Tired of sifting through a bunch of things – things that really have no value or you no longer have any use for – in your attic or garage while looking for something? Next week is the time to get rid of them.
    The city of Vandalia is holding its annual Cleanup Week for customers of Doty Sanitation next Monday through Friday.
    Here are the guidelines that the city has set:
    • The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.

  • Schools fighting tough battle with the state

    For several years, school districts throughout the state have been fighting for a more-appropriate funding formula, one that benefits downstate schools as much as those more wealthier ones up north. Last week, 17 districts – including Vandalia's – took that fight to another level, filing a lawsuit.
    The suit claims that while the state continues to set higher standards for the districts, it doesn't provide the necessary funding to meet those standards.

  • VOTE!

    Five months after we were called upon to elect our nation's leaders, it's time to go to the polls again, this time to select those who will serve us at the local level.
    And, in Ramsey, registered voters are being asked to decide a community issue.
    On the ballot next Tuesday are the leadership positions for Fayette County municipalities and townships, as well as seats on local school boards.
    Ramsey residents will also decide whether liquor sales will be allowed in that community.

  • Getting a start on water projects

    When he campaigned, President Donald Trump said he would make funds available for infrastructure. That would be good news for Vandalia, which needs to deal with a river intake that doesn't work and an aging water plant needing either significant work or replacement.
    That's not to mention our need for water and sewer line replacements, something that's obvious because of line breaks on a regular basis.

  • Work done to deal with county deficit

    As expected, the Fayette County Board last week approved a deficit budget for the fiscal year that began in December. We knew that was coming, based on comments from members of the board's finance committee in recent months.
    Declining revenues and increasing expenses are to blame, and the state's failure to make scheduled payments on tax revenues and reimbursements don't help the cause.
    Board Chairman Jeff Beckman and other board members said that they will be working with department heads on ways to cut expenses this fiscal year.

  • Worthy Abe winners

    In a tradition started more than 40 years ago, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce has recognized two individuals who have gone the extra mile to help their community. And, as has been the case in past year, this year's recipients of the Abe Award have earned the recognition.
    Charlie Barenfanger has served the city of Vandalia as a member of its police pension board, and Fayette County as a member of the Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors. Those are the types of service that has been visible to others.

  • Making, being part of history

    Would you like to have your image part of our community's presentation to visitors? Vandalia's mural committee is giving you the chance to do just that.
    In quite a unique fundraiser, the committee is selling chances to be one of the people represented in the town's first mural.
    The chance is made possible through a raffle, with tickets for all ages available for $20.
    Buying a ticket not only helps to make the latest beautification project a reality, it gives you a chance to be a part of the final product.
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  • Making winter much less painful

    Even the small amount of snow we received last week could have made local travel somewhat trecherous. But, as usual, that was not the case, thanks to the city of Vandalia's commitment to clearing the streets in bad weather.
    It's something that we've become accustomed to ... and even expect. Yes, we're spoiled.
    Less snow fell in a Christian County town north of us last week, and by the weekend, there was still a significant amount of snow on the streets. Much of what was gone had been removed by local traffic.

  • It's more than coats, shoes

    A short time before Christmas, more than 300 children in Fayette County schools received gifts of new winter coats and shoes.
    But, as we've often stated in this space, those gifts given the Methodist Men of Vandalia reflect much more than those physical items – it's about giving back to the community.
    The story on today's front page is our latest example of how volunteerism is alive and well in Vandalia and Fayette County.

  • Looking at budget solutions

    "We knew the answer about four years ago, and here we are again."
    That's Glen "Whitey" Daniels, a member of the Fayette County Board, talking as the board discussed a deficit budget last Thursday evening.
    Indeed, the county board has been fighting financial issues for a number of years, some of which have been created by the state's failure to provide its payments to the county on a timely basis.