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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Thank a veteran!

    One thing that most, if not all, of us will remember about the November 2016 general election, at all levels, is the lively discussion of candidates and their supporters, both in the media and on social media.
    And everyone can voice their opinions within the legal boundaries of libel and slander why? Because of those men and women who have given of themselves over the centuries.
    Freedom of speech is just one of the rights that we have because of our veterans, many of whom gave their lives in defense of the freedoms that all of us enjoy today.

  • VOTE!

    If this general election doesn't get you out to vote, probably none in your lifetime will.
    We have a lot at stake in next Tuesday's election, both nationally and locally.
    Of course, at the top of the ballot is the U.S. presidency, a hotly contested race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
    And, further down the ballot are the local races, some important races.
    Fayette County residents have been given a choice for three county offices – state's attorney, circuit clerk and coroner.

  • Good luck, Vandals

    If there's one thing you can say about the Vandalia Vandals football team, it's that they never give up.
    The Vandals wrapped up their regular season last Friday, securing a share of the South Central Conference crown with a win over Greenville that broke a 17-year losing streak to the Comets.
    Now, the Vandals gear up for a playoff battle with Tolono Unity this Saturday at 2 p.m. It looks to be a tough contest against a team that has become a perennial postseason participant.

  • Halloween a time for fun, not vandals

    The Halloween season in Vandalia has been kicked off with the haunted house created by the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff and continues through next week with a variety of activities.
    Halloween is a fun time of year, with everyone dressing up and providing treats for our young ones. But sometimes, there are those who see it as a time to pull what they perceive as tricks, but are really acts of vandalism.
    Something that someone sees as fun is really something that causes expensive damage to another's personal property.

  • Congratulations, award recipients

    Homecoming 2016 for Vandalia Community High School was more than just an occasion to welcome back those who received their sheepskin from VCHS – it was also a time to recognize some individuals who excelled as a result of their time at the local high school.
    On Friday evening, VCHS welcomed Jerry Evans, Drew Bell, Blake Doehring, Brock Doehring, Matt Peyton, Drew Schneider and Marty Johnson into the school's athletic Hall of Fame.