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Editorials

  • FAYCO incident shows that AEDs save lives

    You know those fire extinguishers and automated external defibrillators that are stationed on the walls of our work places, those small tools that we think will never be put into use? Well, there may come a day when one of those will save a life, as was the case last week at a FAYCO facility.
    When a FAYCO employee went down due to a heart attack last Monday, other employees sprung into action, with one beginning chest compressions. That employee called for the nurse, who, in turn, called for the AED stationed a short distance away.

  • Take in Vandalia's Olde Tyme Christmas

    Ready or not, it’s upon us – the start of the holiday season.
    Various organizations are joining with Vandalia’s downtown merchants to kick off the season with Olde Tyme Christmas this Friday night.
    It’s the time for our downtown merchants to showcase their wares and the opportunity for local residents to see all of the holiday gifts that are available right in our hometown.

  • Vote Tuesday

    Our opportunity to have a voice in our government – at all levels – comes on Tuesday.
    Tuesday is Election Day, a day when we give our input in county, state and federal government.
    At the county level, there are only two races, and only one of them is a countywide post – county clerk and recorder. The second race is for a District 1 seat on the Fayette County Board.
    Both of those are important offices. The county clerk and recorder handles elections, birth and death records, and property records as part of that person’s duties.

  • Support programs that support us

    With economic times being what they are, many worthwhile programs in the community are looking for support from community residents. Opportunities to provide such support abound within the next week.

  • Again, beware of all types of scams

    How many times have we heard the statement, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is"? Yet, there are many scam artists out there who continue to have success, despite warnings from law enforcement officials.
    The latest of those warnings came from Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray on Tuesday, who warned residents of a telephone scam.
    Through that scam, the caller tells the person that he or she has won a prize. That caller then asks the person to either provide personal information or to send money to cover taxes or for some other expense.

  • It's time to honor our firefighters

    Can you imagine being awakened in the middle of the night, getting dressed and be ready to start work in a matter of minutes? That’s what our volunteer firefighters and First Responders do on a regular basis.
    During Fire Prevention Week, we pay tribute to those men and women who volunteer their time to help others in a time of need.
    They come from all walks of life, ready to drop everything on a moments notice to respond to a fire, accident or other type of emergency.

  • Getting officers on the same page

    It’s not unusual for two or more law enforcement entities to respond to an accident or other type of incident. Sometimes, the officers don’t even know each other or what each other is capable of doing.
    Even before he takes over as Fayette County’s sheriff, Chris Smith wants to remedy that. He also wants to be involved in the training of all of those officers.
    Last Tuesday, Smith, working with Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison, held the first Fayette County law enforcement meetings.

  • County website is a good project

    If you have visited the Fayette County website, you have noticed that it’s not really useful in your daily dealings with the county. And, some of the information there is even outdated.
    On Tuesday, the Fayette County Board approved a proposal to have a company that specializes in the development and design of government websites.
    Hopefully, that partnership will create and maintain a website that is increasingly more valuable to county residents and others who have dealings with the county.

  • Visit with Lincoln this Saturday night

    While all of us surely know that Abraham Lincoln served in the Vandalia Statehouse, some may not know what he did while he was there. The opportunity to learn about that comes this Saturday night.
    A Lincoln historic interpreter is taking a road trip on Saturday, with the last of his three stops being the Statehouse. Lincoln will visit Illinois’ oldest existing capitol from 7-9 p.m.
    While there, Lincoln will talk about his early days in the Illinois Legislature, which included making his first public stance against slavery.

  • Last chance for input on bypass

    After years of public hearings, environmental impact studies and more public hearings, the Illinois Department of Transportation has come up with its recommended route to get U.S. Route 51 motorists through Vandalia when the road is upgraded to four lanes.
     Though it’s not a perfect plan – none of the final four alternatives were without problems – the route selected by IDOT seems to make the most sense. The plan now will be forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration for its consideration and approval.