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Editorials

  • Give your input on bypass routes

    As the project to determine an Ill. Route 51 bypasses around area communities continues to creep along, the public once again has an opportunity to see the progress and offer input.
    The first of the local meetings was held Tuesday in Ramsey. Additional meetings are planned next week in Patoka (Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Patoka Civic Center) and in Vandalia (Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at  Mother of Dolors Parish Center).

  • Still time to enjoy the fair

    Though the Fayette County Fair has been going on since last Saturday, there's still plenty of action to come before it completes its run this Saturday.
    One of the early activities this week was the crowning of the fair royalty. Reigning over the fair are Marisa Thomason (Miss Fayette County Fair), Brooke Mayfield  (Junior Miss Fayette County Fair) and Emma Grace Smith (Little Miss Fayette County Fair). Congratulations to those young women. They will continue to represent Fayette County at events throughout the next year.

  • Would've been nice to get bids for trash pickup

    In the near future, Vandalia officials will be deciding on a new contract for residential garbage pickup that includes rate increases in each of the five years of that agreement. Unfortunately, it's likely that we won't be able to determine whether the city could have gotten a better deal.
    The city council’s cemetery and landfill committee agreed on Monday to support a new five-year contract with Doty Sanitation Service, which has provided the service since 1999.

  • Happy Fourth of July!

    This weekend, our nation will pause to celebrate our freedom and independence. With fireworks, picnics and a day off work, we'll revel in the heritage that makes the American experience unique among nations.
    We'll have ceremonies that recall the lofty goals and sturdy faith that characterized our founding fathers. We'll have fireworks that parallel the spontaneous celebrations that erupted when the Declaration of Independence was inked.

  • Blagojevich verdict sends a message

    For too long, he thought he was the Teflon governor. He could do whatever was politically expedient, but nothing would stick.
    On Monday, Rod Blagojevich found out differently. It stuck all over him. He was convicted on 17 of 20 counts of miscellaneous corruption charges and undoubtedly will spend several years behind bars for his abuse of power and his attempts to use his public office for personal gain.

  • Address issues directly, not by public criticisms

    Local developer Dennis Grubaugh expressed his displeasure with a city official at last week’s meeting of the Vandalia City Council. And, while we understand the need to address the issue raised by that city official, we also understand why Grubaugh was upset.
    At two prior city council meetings, Alderman Dean Black said he didn’t like the looks of the former State Farm Insurance building on Gallatin Street, referring to political signs covering the windows.

  • Tools for School seeking supplies

    Though classes just dismissed for the summer, there are some among us who are already thinking of the upcoming school year.
    That group is Fayette County Tools for School, a committee of local residents that is dedicated to helping needy students have the necessary supplies when they head to school this fall. Last year, they helped nearly 700 county students.
    Now is the time of year that the group is gathering financial support and collecting school supplies. Among those supplies are paper, pencils, pens, rulers and other basic necessities needed by students.

  • City must seek new efficiencies

    After months of budget reviews and line-item trimming, the Vandalia City Council last week voted to balance the city’s budget by making personnel cuts.

  • 'A Finer Spirit' needs to continue

    We all know the old saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got 'till it’s gone.”
    Such is the case with the Vandalia Main Street Program.
    Also appropriate at this time would be the saying, “Look at all that we wouldn’t have had without it.”
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday’s city council meeting that the local Main Street program would be dissolved at the end of this month.

  • Relay for Life is Saturday

    This Saturday evening and throughout the night, local residents will walk around Rogier Park in Vandalia to raise money to fight cancer.
    The annual Relay for Life of Fayette County kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and the walkers don’t stop until 5 a.m. Sunday.
    Conducted in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, this year’s relay is operating under the theme of “Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.”
    We applaud the dedication of the teams taking part in this year’s event, and we wish them well as they circle the park.