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Editorials

  • Organ project needs funding

    If you've been on the upstairs level of the Fayette County Museum lately, you know that there are some exciting things going on.
    The entire area is in the midst of being brought back to its former beauty when it served its initial purpose as a church sanctuary. The roof has been fixed, the ceiling has been uncovered and the walls are being restored.
    The long-term plan for that floor of the historic building is to restore the front third as a church, the middle third as a museum and the back third as an art gallery.

  • Promoting area tourism involves everyone – not just the officials

    In today’s issue of The Leader-Union, we proudly include our annual Fayette County Area Tourism Guide. Each year, we present that guide – with updated and new material – in hopes that it will serve as a one-of-a-kind resource about things to do and see in Vandalia and all of Fayette County.

  • County pay plan a good beginning

    Though it represents only a small step on the road to fiscal responsibility, the county board’s adoption last Thursday of a new pay schedule for four county officers is, indeed, a step in the right direction.
    The revised salary schedule applies to the offices of county clerk & recorder, county treasurer, supervisor of assessments and county sheriff.

  • Voice your opinion on Route 51 bypass

    If you were among the crowd of people milling around the huge maps spread on tabletops at last Wednesday’s public hearing on the route of the U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, you probably came to the conclusion that most of us did: That there is no perfect alternative for a bypass.
    There’s not even a good one.
    The reason is that regardless which route you choose, someone’s property is being compromised. Someone’s quality of life is being diminished.

  • How much are our schools worth?

    Last Thursday’s fundraising concert by the Vandalia School District bands was a feel-good evening that showcased the musical talents of students in the junior high and high school. From top to bottom, the students demonstrated their talent and love for music.

  • Last chance to comment on the route of bypass

    Have you tried to imagine what Vandalia traffic patterns will be like when the four-laning of U.S. Route 51 finally reaches our area?
    Do you envision it simply following the current route, but wiping out front yards and businesses as it is widened to handle four lanes through the heart of the city?
    Do you see it cutting off of U.S. Route 51 north of  Vandalia Correctional Center and skirting around the west side of Vandalia Lake?

  • Citizen input is vital in decisions

    Two significant meetings, dealing with topics that are important to our community, are coming up. Each  should attract significant crowds, so citizens can participate in decisions that will have long-term impacts on the quality of life in Vandalia.
    The first is next Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education. This meeting, typically, is the one at which program and position cuts are voted on. And it looks like more of each are likely.

  • Your vote can make difference

    With four candidates running for sheriff and three for county clerk and recorder, it’s been an unusually active primary election campaign in Fayette County.
    And that’s a good thing.
    It means that we have choices. It means that people are seeking elected office. And it means that the democratic system is working.

  • Funds to help city improve streets

    The announcement this week that the city of Vandalia will be receiving $150,000 to do preliminary engineering work on a project to improve Sunset Drive was welcome news.
    It allows the city to continue improving its major arterial streets and, when completed, it will add a sidewalk along that busy street to keep pedestrians safer.

  • Wrestlers tackle big challenges – and find success

    Two weeks ago, we editorialized about the power of tradition in the ongoing success of the Vandalia Community High School wrestling program.
    Year in and year out, it’s one of the most successful sports at the school. And this year is no exception. Three Vandal athletes placed at last week’s individual state tournament – with Dalton Blankenship fourth at 145 pounds, C.J. Runkel fifth at 160 pounds and Tyler Dagan sixth at 152 pounds.