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Editorials

  • Volunteers, support needed

    It was just last week in this space that we noted the number of volunteers that made for a successful homecoming week in Vandalia. Now, we note the need for volunteers and support for upcoming projects and events in the community.
    For example, we have learned that volunteers are badly needed for Second Chance Animal Rescue. That program has been successfully adopting dogs with families and individuals for more than a decade.

  • TAILS helps both parties

    The program that sends rescue dogs to Vandalia Correctional Center and then sends trained dogs back to the rescue is, as Assistant Warden of Programs John Fatheree says, "a win-win for everyone."
    Through TAILS (Teaching Animals & Inmate Life Skills), dogs from Second Chance Animal Rescue are taken to VCC, where they are hooked up with pairs of offenders.
    The offenders are totally responsible for the dogs as they live with them, and that responsibility includes training the animals.

  • Be safe during eclipse

    We will experience a rare natural eclipse next Monday, when the moon gets between the earth and sun, and casts a shadow over the earth.
    In this part of the country, the eclipse will begin shortly before noon and end at roughly 2:44 p.m., with the maximum eclipse being about 1:20 p.m.
    It will, indeed, be quite a sight to see ... but one that can only be viewed by taking precautions.
    The National Aeronautics and Space Agency provides the following safety guidelines:

  • 50 years later, story is the same

    When the Okaw Area Vocational Center was established half a century ago, The Vandalia Leader ran an editorial in which we touted the value of the center. Their words on the value of vocational education still ring true today; therefore, we are reprinting that July 27, 1967 editorial.
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    The Okaw Area Vocational Center will provide the filler for an educational gap in this community, which has long been in need of attention.

  • School days coming up

    In case you haven't noticed, parking lots in area schools are full of vehicles this week. That can only mean one thing – the startup of a new school year.
    Despite what is going on in our state capitol, or not going on, local schools will be in session in just a couple of weeks.
    With the start of a new school year, we will again need to adjust our driving habits.

  • Many are needed for birthday party

    Many of us are old enough or have lived in Vandalia long enough to remember when the town celebrated it's 175th birthday. And, if you remember, correctly, it took a whole bunch of people to pull it off.
    Now, the same kind of participation is going to be needed in the next couple of years.
    Back in 1994, there were a bunch of committee for Vandalia's 175th Celebration. There was a committee to organize a parade, one to organize a festival, one to raise funds to help pay for the celebration, etc., etc.

  • Tourist Center needs some love

    A group of local ladies working at Vandalia's Tourist Information Center on Monday night made a dent in the work needed at the facility. But, it's just a dent.
    The center now has a new roof, which was badly needed, and the women rid the building of a whole bunch of weeds.
    But, walking up the steps and around the deck of the building, you will see that there a considerable amount of work needed on the exterior.
    Some of the steps up to the building are in really bad shape, and wood on some of the exterior walls is pulling away from the structure.

  • Mural a nice addition to town

    One effort to both improve the appearance of and draw tourists to our downtown has been completed, and it's quite the work of art.
    Four professional artists and a future artist arrived in Vandalia last Wednesday night and by the time they left on Sunday, our town had its first mural.
    It was accomplished by the work of the Vandalia Mural Committee and all of the people who contributed to the $10,000 needed to make it happen.

  • Tour, Grande Levée translate into local dollars

    Anyone in Vandalia who has questioned the value of tourism in the past should have seen that value in the past week.
    First, many residents watched hundreds and hundreds of vehicles, many of them classic cars and trucks, go through town at participants in the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour made their way to Indianapolis, Ind.
    What many didn't see were the stops that those drivers made in town, either to fill up on fuel or grab something to eat, or both.

  • Celebrate our history ... while having fun

    You hear all of the time about how Vandalia has this great history that's worth remembering and promoting – this weekend, you can join in the celebration of that history.
    After a two-year absence, the Grande Levée is returning to the grounds of the Statehouse, the building that served as the state capitol for four years in the early 1800s. And it's coming back on its original weekend.