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Editorials

  • Enjoy this weekend's Grande Levée events

    Every year, residents of the Vandalia area are treated to a glimpse into our past during the Grande Levée celebration. As we enjoy that annual trip back in time, we have the opportunity to learn more of our heritage.
    That opportunity is upon us. This Friday evening and all day Saturday, we will be able to enjoy the unique activities of the Grande Levée.

  • Keep harvest safe for farmers, others

    Area farmers have been through the wringer because of this year’s historic drought and blistering heat during July and August. But they have one more hurdle to negotiate before they can put the 2012 crop year behind them.
    They must safely harvest their crops.

  • Never forget the lessons of 9/11

    Never Forget.
    We have been reminded in countless ways this week that we should always remember the horror of Sept. 11, 2001.
    It will, indeed, be hard to ever forget that day, a day from which we learned many lessons.
    We learned that this country has enemies who take glee in trying to kill as many of us as possible. While these enemies, as evidenced by the daily suicide bombings in their homelands, do not value human life, they know just how much we do.

  • KC Phase II opens new opportunities

    The dream of continued growth at the Vandalia campus of Kaskaskia College moved one step closer to reality with last week’s unveiling of the college’s plans for Phase II of the project.
    It’s an exciting next step for the campus, which opened with the 22,000-square-foot Simma-Kelly Education Building in 2008. Prior to that, the college operated out of rented facilities in Vandalia.

  • Ward boundaries need adjustment

    It’s unlikely that the Vandalia City Council will act on Treasurer Marjorie Blythe’s recommendation to cut the number of city aldermen from eight to four. And while that suggestion may not spur any action, it should at least remind city officials that they should consider some action on the areas that aldermen represent.
    City officials talked several years ago about a study that would ultimately result in new boundaries for the four city wards.

  • New water source worth considering

    With the Kaskaskia River shrinking to a trickle and Vandalia Lake levels dropping due to this summer’s drought, it’s a prime time to think about alternative water sources. Add to those woes the ongoing problems the city has had keeping its river intake functioning, and the possibility of another source is particularly attractive.

  • Drought shows our connections

    It’s no secret that Fayette County will be severely impacted by this summer’s drought.
    Corn yields are estimated to be only one-third of the norm, and soybeans will generate about two-thirds of an average crop.
    Last week’s crop survey, conducted by the Fayette County Farm Bureau, predicted an average corn yield of 41.65 bushels per acre, significantly below last year’s county average of 149.69 bushels per acre. And soybeans are projected to yield 21.49 bushels per acre, down from last year’s harvest of 32.48 bushels per acre.

  • Locked car doors prevent break-ins

    The Vandalia Police Department has reported handling numerous reports of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks. But, in most of those cases, the perpetrators didn’t actually have to break into the vehicles.
    Addressing the Vandalia City Council on Monday night, VPD Sgt. Jeff Ray said that some residents are not making it difficult for criminals to steal their property.
    “With almost every vehicle break-in, the vehicle was unlocked,” Ray said.

  • Recycling program is moving forward

    Fayette County’s baby steps toward having a legitimate recycling program recently received a major boost when FAYCO Enterprises recently announced its plans to purchase a building that will add significant credibility – and a lot of space – to its recycling effort.
    Officials with the sheltered workshop for mentally handicapped individuals have purchased a vacant 14,000-square-foot manufacturing building on Vandalia’s north side and plan to greatly expand the recycling program.

  • Take precautions with severe heat

    This week has been another scorcher, with searing sunlight and temperatures in the triple digits. It’s the kind of weather that can get you in trouble before you know it.
    Even the nights haven’t offered much relief, often barely falling below 80 degrees.
    This uncomfortable weather pattern has lingered over the Midwest for the past several weeks. Yet, just because that kind of heat and humidity has become the norm, it hasn’t lost any of its dangerous potential.