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Editorials

  • Theft, vandalism at cemeteries is disgusting

    Many of us like to remember and honor our deceased loved ones by placing flowers and momentos at their gravesite. It's a way of keeping those loved ones in our thoughts long after they have left us.
    But some individuals will sink as low as stealing from those gravesites.
    A resident approached the Vandalia City Council to see if there is anything the city can do to address cemetery thefts. That resident has had four cemetery saddles, flowers and vases stolen from a family member's gravesite.
    Thefts from gravesites is just downright unconscionable.

  • Few days left for local survey

    If you have responded to the local survey on the continuation of recycling services in Vandalia, you only have a few days left to do so.
    The survey takes just a few minutes, if that, and lets city officials know whether city water customers are willing to have a monthly surcharge of $1.25 added to their water bills.
    That surcharge will help to fund the recycling programs currently offered by FAYCO Enterprises and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Driving? Put that cell phone down

    The next time you go to pick up your cell phone while driving, remember the June 2015 accident that resulted in the three deaths caused when a driver hit a school bus or the accident in March of this year when 13 people died after the church bus in which they were riding was hit by a texting driver.
    This is Distracted Driver Awareness Week and all levels of local law enforcement are putting an increased emphasis on looking out for drivers talking or texting on a cell phone.

  • Cleanup Week is next week

    Tired of sifting through a bunch of things – things that really have no value or you no longer have any use for – in your attic or garage while looking for something? Next week is the time to get rid of them.
    The city of Vandalia is holding its annual Cleanup Week for customers of Doty Sanitation next Monday through Friday.
    Here are the guidelines that the city has set:
    • The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.

  • Schools fighting tough battle with the state

    For several years, school districts throughout the state have been fighting for a more-appropriate funding formula, one that benefits downstate schools as much as those more wealthier ones up north. Last week, 17 districts – including Vandalia's – took that fight to another level, filing a lawsuit.
    The suit claims that while the state continues to set higher standards for the districts, it doesn't provide the necessary funding to meet those standards.

  • VOTE!

    Five months after we were called upon to elect our nation's leaders, it's time to go to the polls again, this time to select those who will serve us at the local level.
    And, in Ramsey, registered voters are being asked to decide a community issue.
    On the ballot next Tuesday are the leadership positions for Fayette County municipalities and townships, as well as seats on local school boards.
    Ramsey residents will also decide whether liquor sales will be allowed in that community.

  • Getting a start on water projects

    When he campaigned, President Donald Trump said he would make funds available for infrastructure. That would be good news for Vandalia, which needs to deal with a river intake that doesn't work and an aging water plant needing either significant work or replacement.
    That's not to mention our need for water and sewer line replacements, something that's obvious because of line breaks on a regular basis.

  • Work done to deal with county deficit

    As expected, the Fayette County Board last week approved a deficit budget for the fiscal year that began in December. We knew that was coming, based on comments from members of the board's finance committee in recent months.
    Declining revenues and increasing expenses are to blame, and the state's failure to make scheduled payments on tax revenues and reimbursements don't help the cause.
    Board Chairman Jeff Beckman and other board members said that they will be working with department heads on ways to cut expenses this fiscal year.

  • Worthy Abe winners

    In a tradition started more than 40 years ago, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce has recognized two individuals who have gone the extra mile to help their community. And, as has been the case in past year, this year's recipients of the Abe Award have earned the recognition.
    Charlie Barenfanger has served the city of Vandalia as a member of its police pension board, and Fayette County as a member of the Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors. Those are the types of service that has been visible to others.

  • Making, being part of history

    Would you like to have your image part of our community's presentation to visitors? Vandalia's mural committee is giving you the chance to do just that.
    In quite a unique fundraiser, the committee is selling chances to be one of the people represented in the town's first mural.
    The chance is made possible through a raffle, with tickets for all ages available for $20.
    Buying a ticket not only helps to make the latest beautification project a reality, it gives you a chance to be a part of the final product.
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