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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Lions really had no other option

    In case you missed it, this item was in the 25 Years Ago section of The Way We Were on this page last week:
    Starting with the VCHS homecoming parade Friday, the city of Vandalia had new rules governing parades. Those rules stated that parade participants would no longer be able to throw candy or other give-away items, and that parade watchers would be required to stay on sidewalks.
    That tells you how long crowd control has been an issue. In fact, it's continually gotten worse, especially in recent years.

  • Come on downtown this Saturday

    Looking for something to do this Saturday? Come downtown – there will be plenty to do. And you can support the effort to beautify Vandalia's downtown.
    The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE will hold its annual Bike Show and Family Fun Fest. That event features something for all ages.
    In addition to the motorcycle show, which includes a kids' bike contest, the Fun Fest features games and activities for children. There's also going to be some good food – pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, chips and drinks.

  • Electronic recycling could be lost

    In May, we published a story about how abuse could kill the electronic recycling program offered by the Fayette County Soil and Water District. Four months later, that's more of a possibility.
    While the program was initially offered free of charge, its operating costs have necessitated charging a $5 fee for each load of items turned in for recycling.
    Yet, there are many who try to use the service without paying that fee. The more who do that, the more likely that the service will no longer be offered.

  • Good news at city meeting

    Many local residents are often lamenting about nothing good ever happening in Vandalia. While it wasn't the landing of a large industry with a lot of jobs, there were two positive announcements at Monday's city council meeting.
    First, Mayor Rick Gottman announced that Schutt Sports, a company that makes football helmets, including those used by more than one-third of National Football League players, and other sports equipment, will be using part of the building that formerly housed Statewide Tire.

  • Another budget impasse effect

    Local residents learned last week of another effect of the state's inability to come up with a permanent budget – Kaskaskia College announced it planned to discontinue its licensed practical nursing progam in Vandalia.
    Although we hate to see that decision, we can understand what it's based on. Many, many tough decisions have come from many sources as a result of the state's inability to pay out the money that it owes, and this is one of those.

  • Be prepared for changes to trash pickup

    You probably have started seeing bright orange trash containers in different parts of Vandalia. Maybe one of those showed up on the curb in front of your residence; if not, it soon will.
    Those containers are part of the changes being implemented for residential customers of Doty Sanitation Service within the city borders.

  • Beautification group is serious

    Do you think that members of Vandalia's new beautification committee are not serious about doing what they can to improve the appearance of our community? Then you weren't downtown on Monday morning.
    On one of the hottest days so far this summer, a group of women were hard at work, taking decorative blocks from the city parking lot that houses the Little Red Caboose and using them to create plant beds in the other parking lot at that intersection.

  • Rally shows support for schools

    A rally in downtown Vandalia last Wednesday afternoon that urged the passage of a state budget obviously caught the eyes of our governor and state legislators. And that rally would not have been successful were it not for a number of local people.
    First, there are two local individuals who have been in the forefront of the effort to have equitable school funding in Illinois, a state that ranks dead last when it comes to that unequity – Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well and Sandoval Superintendent Jennifer Garrison, a Vandalia Community High School graduate.

  • Help two groups helping Vandalia

    Last Thursday, two groups whose work can greatly benefit Vandalia got together to discuss some ways to do that. One organization is new, and the other is a long-standing group that is going through a revitalization.
    New officers for the Vandalia Historical Society at its meeting at the Little Brick House, one of our historical assets that the group is tring to promote.