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Editorials

  • Congratulations, graduates!

    It’s the time of year when “Pomp & Circumstance” can be heard wafting from high school gymnasiums across the country.
    Proud parents and family members gather to celebrate the milestones being completed by their graduates, and the schools pass out awards to note those graduates’ accomplishments.
    On many fronts, it’s a fun time. Families are gathered. Compliments are shared. Futures are contemplated. And friendships are affirmed.

  • Take advantage of cleanup week

    Are you tired of parking the car in the driveway because the garage is full of junk? Do you have old appliances and other large items sitting around because the trash company won't accept them?
    Well, next week is your chance to rid your life of that unwanted clutter. It's cleanup week in Vandalia.
    City residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation will have the chance to set out unwanted items alongside their regular trash on their normal trash pickup day. Then, city workers will follow after the trash crews on May 14-18 to pick up the large items.

  • Congrats to FCH on mammography grant

    Though the goal of raising money to purchase digital mammography equipment at times seemed distant and nearly insurmountable, the persistence demonstrated by staff and supporters of Fayette County Hospital has paid off. An announcement this week confirmed that the hospital has been awarded a $356,470 grant to fully fund the project – and more.
    In addition to the digital mammography equipment, the grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health also will allow the hospital to purchase a C-arm X-ray machine to replace the current 20-year-old unit at FCH.

  • Departure of Graham a test of our fortitude

    In spite of months of intense efforts by local officials and business representatives, Graham Packaging announced this week its plan to close its plant in Vandalia. The closure will be effective in July.
    That decision leaves 126 hourly employees and 12 salaried employees – along with 77 hourly employees who are currently on layoff – without jobs. And it puts a giant dent in the Vandalia economy, as the buying power of those 215 families is diminished.

  • Keep prom night safe – not tragic

    With the school year winding down, this is an activity-packed time of year.
    Graduation plans are being made, band and chorus concerts are scheduled, spring sports are moving toward the culmination of their season and proms are being held at schools throughout the county.
    It is the proms that give parents and school officials the most reason to worry.

  • Donations aid local food bank

    When people are in need, the residents of Fayette County are always quick to help.
    That reputation was confirmed once again in recent weeks when a call went out that funds for the Central Illinois Food Bank had been cut, and that it would no longer be available to bring its mobile food bank to Fayette County.

  • LaDage a good choice for ROE

    If you drew up an ideal profile for a candidate for the assistant regional superintendent of schools position, that profile would have Bill LaDage's name on it.
    A highly respected former teacher and administrator in the Vandalia district, he has served for the past 11 years as a part-time employee in the ROE system. As such, he's aware of many of the programs administered through that office. His duties have included working with school and district improvement teams, new teacher training, standards-aligned classrooms and teacher evaluations.

  • Planting begins; share the roads

    If you’ve spent any time recently on the back roads of Fayette County, you know what it means to share the road.

  • Our sports facilities are second to none

    As the spring sports seasons get under way, one thing will be apparent to anyone who attends baseball, softball or track contests in Vandalia.
    That one thing is that Vandalia now has some of the best facilities in the area. It's notable because not long ago, all three of those facilities were among the worst that Vandal athletes encountered during their season.

  • Irresponsible acts have consequences

    Sometimes responsibility is a hard lesson to learn. It often takes a session or two in the school of hard knocks for it to sink in.
    And so, for some of the young people who have enjoyed congregating in Vandalia’s municipal parking lots, the lesson has begun.