• Use Facebook to help sheriff

    Fayette County residents now have another way to help law enforcement get wanted criminal offenders off the streets, something they can do while reading posts on Facebook.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith recently began listing active warrants on his department’s Facebook page, in addition to having his officers make special efforts to serve warrants.
    Thus far, Smith’s idea of using social media has been working out well.

  • No progress on filling city post

    More than five months after the Vandalia City Council voted to again hire a city administrator, there’s been no movement toward taking that action.
    We were reminded of the lack of progress on that front on Monday night, when Alderman Neil Clark said that the city is pulling in enough revenue from gaming devices in town to pay the salary for a city administrator.
    Vandalia has been without a city administrator since February 2010, when Jimmy Morani left for a similar job in another community.

  • Body cams are useful tools

    Drug offenders in Fayette County have made it possible for law enforcement officers to now be equipped with a piece of equipment that can greatly aid in the prosecution of others.
    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison has used monies obtained through drug seizures to buy body cams for officers throughout the county.
    Those units will record footage of numerous types of criminal investigations, including those for suspected drunk drivers and those alleging domestic abuse.

  • Caring people come through

    It just never seems to slow down, the generosity of Fayette County during the holiday season. Every year, good times or bad, those who are more fortunate step forward to provide a Merry Christmas for those who are not.

  • Shop with a Cop a good program

    While some police officers across this country are drawing media focus for the wrong reasons, Vandalia’s finest are showing that they are deserving of that title.
    Led by Chief Jeff Ray, the VPD conducted a Shop with a Cop for the first time this holiday season. Through that program, with financial support from some local businesses, groups and individuals, city officers were able to provide 11 youngsters with a merry Christmas.

  • New spending review good for the county

    Fayette County officials will continue to struggle with its finances as they try to discontinue the trend of spending capital improvement funds for salaries. One policy change introduced on Tuesday appears to be a good step toward watching the county's spending.
    Forever, county board committees, during a break in the regularly monthly meeting, would go through their respective bills for that month, then recommend payment of those bills to the full board.

  • Look downtown this Christmas

    Support of Vandalia’s businesses, particularly those in our downtown business district, is important to keep those businesses thriving. And, there’s no time better than the present to provide that support.
    Many of us are in the midst of shopping for Christmas presents, and we encourage you to shop Vandalia first as you work to complete your gift lists.
    How many times do we hear that downtown Vandalia has nothing to offer? But, do those people making those complaints give their support to what we have in our downtown?

  • FAYCO incident shows that AEDs save lives

    You know those fire extinguishers and automated external defibrillators that are stationed on the walls of our work places, those small tools that we think will never be put into use? Well, there may come a day when one of those will save a life, as was the case last week at a FAYCO facility.
    When a FAYCO employee went down due to a heart attack last Monday, other employees sprung into action, with one beginning chest compressions. That employee called for the nurse, who, in turn, called for the AED stationed a short distance away.

  • Take in Vandalia's Olde Tyme Christmas

    Ready or not, it’s upon us – the start of the holiday season.
    Various organizations are joining with Vandalia’s downtown merchants to kick off the season with Olde Tyme Christmas this Friday night.
    It’s the time for our downtown merchants to showcase their wares and the opportunity for local residents to see all of the holiday gifts that are available right in our hometown.

  • Vote Tuesday

    Our opportunity to have a voice in our government – at all levels – comes on Tuesday.
    Tuesday is Election Day, a day when we give our input in county, state and federal government.
    At the county level, there are only two races, and only one of them is a countywide post – county clerk and recorder. The second race is for a District 1 seat on the Fayette County Board.
    Both of those are important offices. The county clerk and recorder handles elections, birth and death records, and property records as part of that person’s duties.