• Congratulations to our athletes

    It's a good time to be a Vandal and a Vandal fan.
    The seventh-grade boys basketball team at Vandalia Junior High School wrapped up an outstanding season by finishing fourth in the state tournament last Thursday.
    Seven of the Vandalia Community High School wrestlers  advanced to the individual state tournament through their efforts at the sectional tournament on Saturday.
    The VCHS boys continued on their end-of-the-season hot streak with a convincing win on Friday night.

  • Put an end to the madness

    The local impact of the failure of this state's governor and legislators to come to terms on a state budget was brought to the forefront again on Monday night.
    Mayor Rick Gottman and Clerk Peggy Bowen told alderman that the state owes the city close to $400,000 for services provided to Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • The library is more than a lot of books

    When you think about a library, or Evans Public Library in particular, your first thought is about a building with a whole lot of books. But, we're hoping that you are discovering that Evans Public Library is much more than that.
    We hope, through a series of articles, to educate local residents about the programs and services offered at the library.
    So far, we've told you about many programs offered to children of all ages, including story times, summer and winter reading programs, Fantastic Fridays and Teen Advisory Board.

  • Younger generation will need to step up

    Every December for the past several decades, families picking up their Caring and Sharing baskets in Vandalia were initially greeted by a man wearing a Santa hat bearing the words, “Bah, Humbag.” But, in reality, the guy wearing that hat expressed the true meaning of Christmas.
    Bob Hayner also expressed the true meaning and value of volunteerism.
    We’ve talked many times in this space about the importance of a community having residents willing to step forward to give of their time and effort for volunteer groups and projects.

  • County fighting drugs, tough financial issues

    As the Fayette County Sheriff's Office continues to fight the battle against drug use in the county, the Fayette County Board continues to battle with its finances.
    Neither is an easy battle, and both require a lot of work.
    Two front-page articles in this week's issue show that the sheriff's office is committed to finding drug users and sellers, and that it's having some success.

  • A new year, new opportunities

    With the start of a new year, many of us have made resolutions for 2016, whether it's losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking or spending more time with family.
    While each of those applies to certain people, there's a resolution that all of us can make – getting more involved in our community.
    Vandalia and Fayette County have many people who give countless hours for volunteer work, joining with others who contribute much of their free time for organizations and groups that have a common goal of improving the lives of their fellow man.

  • More Christmas fun coming up

    Several weeks after Vandalia kicked off the holiday season with Olde Tyme Christmas, Fayette County is offering more holiday festivities in the next couple of weeks.
    This Saturday, Soroptimist International of Vandalia is holding Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church. After that, downtown merchants are offering Super Santa Sales.

  • Take in Olde Tyme Christmas

    This weekend is the perfect time to find out exactly what downtown Vandalia has to offer, and have an enjoyable time doing it.
    The holiday season gets off to an early start this Friday night and Saturday with Olde Tyme Christmas.
    The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Association and Vandalia Tourism Commission have joined together to offer the event, which includes the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by the Vandalia Rotary Club's annual Christmas parade.

  • State needs to act on a new budget

    When Bruce Rauner was campaigning for governor, he said that he wanted to shake up state government. He has done that, but not in the way that he envisioned.
    A budget impasse has caused monumental problems in Illinois. State agencies aren't receiving the funds they need to provide necessary services to Illinois residents, vendors aren't being paid, and the list goes on.
    Those affected by the impasse, Mayor Rick Gottman pointed out at Monday's city council meeting, include municipalities that are owed various types of funds by the state.

  • Sexting causes moral, legal issues

    Sending a sexual text message that include an inappropriate photo can cause all kinds of problems, especially when the parties involved are underage teens.
    As students at Vandalia Community High School learned last Thursday, nude photos of underage teens are considered child pornography, and both those sending and receiving them are subject to criminal prosecution.