Fayette County has only one contested race next Tuesday, and that's only in Fayette County Board District No. 4, where Republican Doug Knebel and Democrat Brian Holliday are vying for that seat.
But, there are still many reasons for county residents to vote next Tuesday … unless they are among those who have already voted.
Of course, at the top the ballot is the presidential race, where Republican Donald Trump is seeking a second term, opposed by Democrat Joe Biden.
A trial last week in Fayette County called attention to a cellular phone app that parents need to be aware of.
Throughout the trial for Shelby Weston, the app Kik was mentioned numerous times.
Weston is awaiting a verdict on charges of grooming, traveling to meet a minor and child pornography, and the Kik app is a key point in that trial.
Kik is a messaging app something that's similar to texting that is popular among teens and tweens, .
It's something that takes just a few minutes, something that is of huge benefit to our community. It's participating in the 2020 Census.
The counting for this year's Census ends on Sept. 30, so, if you haven't already done so, we encourage you to participate.
In case you didn't realize, the Census plays an important role in many decisions made locally, in our state and across our nation.
The Census helps in:
While there are some who continue to pooh-pooh the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers here and all around us keep telling us that it's something to be serious about.
A local physician, Dr. Glenn Skow, talked about the local increases during Monday's meeting of the Vandalia City Council in urging residents to take the pandemic seriously.
It's a no-win situation for school officials as they struggle to determine which is the best course to follow as a new school year begins.
Their options include a normal return to school; remote learning, as was done at the end of the last school year; or a mix of those two.
The problem is that there is still so much that is unknown about the coronavirus and so many opinions on how we should act when interacting with others.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our everyday lives, with our shopping habits, visits with friends, meetings and other gatherings being put on hold. The latter includes the postponement or cancellation of high school graduations and other end-of-the-school year activities.
On the list of cancellations are the annual Memorial Day programs and activities in the area. That's a time when we can pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in fighting for the rights and freedoms that we enjoy.
How about we put a stop to the back-and-forth chatter about whose fault it is that efforts to revive an animal control program in Fayette County have stalled.
In recent weeks, that finger pointing is really about all that's been accomplished.
An end, hopefully, may be in sight, with Ramsey Village President Chris Wall calling for a meeting of the principles.
The few minutes that it takes you to fill out the Census 2020 form translates to dollars coming to our community.
"Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services," Census 2020 officials say.
Those funds, according to VCHS sophomore Leo Kruger, are for "everything from police officers to schools to roads."
Kruger is joining with municipal and school officials to urge local residents to participate in the census because of its importance.