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Editorials

  • Hiring administrator is right move for city

    The Vandalia City Council is right to begin the process of filling its city administrator position after operating for about 4½ years without one.
    Since the position became vacant in 2010, Mayor Rick Gottman has stepped in to perform many of the duties formerly done by the city administrator. Also helping fill the void has been executive secretary LaTisha Paslay.

  • Sign enforcement must be consistent

    A complaint lodged against a Vandalia citizen who posted signs on public property near his home advertising garden produce for sale has resulted in discussions of how the city’s sign ordinance should be enforced.
    Currently, enforcement of the city’s lengthy sign ordinance is driven by complaints – meaning that the city doesn’t enforce it unless someone complains.
    Well, someone complained about Dave Hill’s vegetable sign. So now he’s complained to city aldermen about the city’s enforcement practices.

  • Enjoy the Lincoln Festival and fair

    If you're looking for something fun and interesting to do, there's there's no shortage of either in Fayette County during the next few days.
    This Saturday and Sunday, the second annual Lincoln Heritage Festival will be held in the Vandalia city parks along Fillmore and Locust streets.
    The activity lineup includes a wide array of historical events – including Civil War camps and skirmishes,  period arts and crafts, children's games, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and a wide variety of food vendors.

  • Celebrate safely this weekend

    The Fourth of July is a celebration of our country’s independence that always includes gathering of friends and family, community festivals and, in general, a lot of summer fun.
    Unfortunately, many times it also includes injuries due to unsafe use of consumer fireworks.
    As area residents prepare for the three-day holiday weekend, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is urging everyone to leave the fireworks to the professionals trained to handle them.

  • Residents show support for pool

    A politician once said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In Vandalia, it can be said, “It takes a community to save its pool.”
    And, that is what’s happening here, with local residents responding to the efforts of Manager Lisa Robbins and the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff to keep that facility afloat.
    In less than a year, the pool staff has raised just under $18,000 through various fundraisers and donations.

  • You can join the effort to Save Our Pool

    For more than a year, you have been hearing about the need for extensive renovations to the Vandalia Park District’s swimming pool. This Friday, you can see for yourself many of the areas that need attention.
    And you can be a part of getting that work done.
    As it holds its first Moonlight Madness of the summer, the pool staff will also hold a water carnival, a special event that is part of the staff’s ongoing efforts to contribute to the pot of money for pool renovations.

  • Storm-shortened Relay For Life still raises $30,000

    Though Saturday's annual Relay For Life was cut short by threatening weather, the local fundraising event for the American Cancer Society still did an excellent job of raising funds in the fight against cancer.
    After months of preparation and other fundraising events – such as the Volley For The Cure, which raised about $7,000 – Saturday's even can still be deemed a success.

  • Compromise to aid VCHS band

    After operating under a cloud of uncertainty for more than a year, the Vandalia Community High School band last Thursday received a ray of sunshine when the Vandalia Board of Education agreed to restore half of the director’s position it had cut in early 2013.

  • Work plan may teach a lesson

    Every time we pass by the Little Red Caboose in downtown Vandalia, we're reminded of the senseless act of vandalism that has marred that aging landmark.
    Several months ago, two juveniles broke into the caboose and did their best to destroy it. In the process, they broke out nearly all the windows – which makes it an eyesore to the public and exposes the interior to the elements.

  • Remember vets on Memorial Day

    On Monday, our nation will pause to observe Memorial Day. We'll have a day off from work and we'll probably have a picnic with our family.
    After all, that's what the holiday is all about, right? It's the end of school. It's the kick-off to summer.
    Wrong. Memorial Day is much more than those things. It's a day we've set aside to remember those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms and to secure our nation. Many of those paid the ultimate price – sacrificing their lives so that we can be free.