• Remember those who gave all

    This is the weekend that many will be holding cookouts, parties and other activities to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. It's a time when family and friends gather together for a good time.
    But we ask that you also remember those who gathered together for quite a different reason more than 100 years ago or about 70 years ago ... and many times in between and after. Those men and women joined together at various times in our country's history to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.

  • Participate in Cleanup Week

    You know all of that unusable and unwanted stuff that you have accumulated in your garage or basement? Now is the time to dig it out and get rid of it.
    Vandalia’s annual Cleanup Week begins on Monday and runs through Friday.
    The city of Vandalia offers Cleanup Week to give residents a chance to get rid of those unwanted items that are not normally picked up by trash crews.
    Those items should be placed alongside your regular trash on your regular trash pickup day.

  • You did us proud!

    Vandalia's people were asked to give a big and hearty welcome to the Association of Lincoln Presenters, and boy, did you!
    The activities throughout the weekend were well planned, and local residents turned out to be a part of the festivities, including the parade down Gallatin Street.
    How well did Vandalia perform as a host? The president of the ALP recently sent a letter to the city offering thanks for a job well done.

  • Public input has value

    Twice in recent weeks have we seen local residents take advantage of an opportunity to let their voices be heard. And on Monday night, we saw how citizens’ input can pay dividends.
    The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved an agreement with the Illinois Commerce Commission on changes for downtown rail crossings.
    And while Mayor Rick Gottman and city aldermen played key roles in getting the best possible solution, the opinions of local residents were a factor.

  • Parks forum is Thursday

    Do you have a strong opinion on whether the Vandalia Park District should allow the presence of alcohol at softball games and special events in the city's parks? If so, next Thursday is the time to voice those opinions.
    The park district is holding a public hearing on the issue at 6 p.m. next Thursday in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.

  • Pinnacle growth good news for St. Elmo, region

    Given our state’s current climate, it’s almost impossible for any community in Illinois – especially smaller ones – to land a sizeable number of manufacturing jobs. But St. Elmo has done just that.
    That community, working with state and county officials, and touting the ethic of its current work force, has encouraged Pinnacle Foods to more than double the number of employees at its St. Elmo facility.

  • Memories page keeps our town's history alive

    It’s yet another way of preserving our community’s history, although that’s not its main purpose. It was created to be a forum through which memories of our community can be shared.
    Almost five years after Kathy Schultz started the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook, that page has about 1,700 members, with many of those members sharing old photos that look back over the years.
    On that Facebook page, members can recall their childhoods … and who doesn’t enjoy that?

  • Voice your opinion on alcohol in parks

    At recent meetings, Vandalia Park District commissioners have discussed a request to allow alcohol at softball fields as a way of enticing more teams to come to Vandalia. The discussion has expanded to include allowing alcohol in the parks for such things as special events and reunions.
    Last Thursday, the park district board agreed to hold a public hearing on the issue. That hearing has been set for 6 p.m. in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.

  • State tax cut would be big hit to the city

    As he prepares to address the state's long-running financial problems, new Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has said that everyone will not like his actions and that many will suffer. That's certainly the case for the city of Vandalia.
    One of Rauner's proposals is to cut in half the state income tax traditionally given to municipalities. In Vandalia's case, that would mean a loss of close to $350,000.

  • Hard work paying off

    Vandalia wrestlers Dalton Blankenship and Kendrick Woolsey are perfect examples of the "perseverance and hard work" that coach Jason Clay talks about when he explains the success of this year's grapplers.
    Just a week and a half after sustaining bruised ribs, Blankenship returned to the mat to give his team some very important points.
    Woolsey, facing an opponent who had already beaten him twice this season, provided the sectional-clinching points by edging that opponent in a hotly contested overtime match.