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Editorials

  • 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.

  • Join the fight against cancer

    There isn't a person who hasn't suffered the effects of cancer, either directly or through the attack of the disease on a family member or friend. The fight to beat the disease has been a long and hard one, one that will continue until a cure can be found.
    Locally, a big part of that fight is the annual Relay for Life, where loved ones who lost the fight are remembered, where survivors are honored and where the community comes together to raise funds for the fight.

  • Dog park good as long as the rules are followed

    The Vandalia Park District has teamed up with Second Chance Animal Rescue to provide a nice benefit to our community – a dog park.
    The south end of Madison Street Park is now a fenced-in area where local residents can take their dogs for fun and exercise.
    Dog parks have proven to be well-received and well-used in other communities, and, hopefully, the same will be true in Vandalia. From comments made in recent months, many are looking forward to take advantage of the park.