• Work day good for more than one reason

    Some of our local services clubs have seen their membership numbers decrease in recent years. Other service clubs are no longer in existence. What's needed is a way of showing the value and importance of community service, particularly to our younger generation.
    One way that can be done was on display on Saturday when about 35 Vandalia Community High School students, along with about a dozen parents, worked on the three school campuses.

  • Recycling not feasible now

    While some Vandalia residents are pleased that their water bills have dropped $1 a month, others are disappointed that the service for that surcahrges is gone.
    And it doesn't look like that's going to change.
    The city council's cemetery and landfill committee held a meeting on the recycling issue after there were concerns about losing the program, to again explain FAYCO's reasons for discontinuing the program.
    This time, they had the city's trash collector, Doty Sanitation, explain their status with recycling.

  • Takes time to adjust to new marijuana law

    On Tuesday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, a law that goes into effect on Jan. 1.
    Now begins the process of educating Illinoisans on all aspects of the law, including how the use of marijuana will still be restricted.

  • Congratulations, graduates!

    Some have already walked across the stage. Many others will do so this weekend.
    It's graduation time at area high schools.
    That signifies the end of many years of hard work, and also a time to move on to the next stage in life.
    For some, it means continuing their education at a junior college, university or trade school. For others, it means stepping right into the work force full time.
    As they accept their diplomas, this year's graduates need to take advantage of what's been given to them to prepare for the future ahead.

  • Langston worthy of honor

    Vandalia native Mark Langston is proof that hard work, ingenuity and perseverance can result in success. Last Thursday, Kaskaskia College recognized Langston for that success.
    The college presented Langston with the Teachers and Coaches Entrepreneurship Program Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
    Twenty-four years ago, Langston established a marketing and fulfillment services business. Sixteen years ago, he expanded his business to his hometown. And he has continued to expand that business here.

  • Congrats ... and good luck

    It's been another successful season for the Vandalia Community High School varsity football team, one that we hope continues on after this Saturday.
    The Vandals have finished the regular season with a 7-2 record, which was good enough to make them a host for a first-round game in the IHSA playoffs.
    We congratulate coach Jason Clay, his coaching staff and the Vandals players for what they have accomplished thus far, and wish them luck as they host Paxton-Buckley-Loda in the 2 p.m. game on Saturday.

  • Clearing up sales tax votes

    Some local residents are saying that they are supporting a sales tax increase for schools in Fayette County this November. But, that vote is not until next spring.
    The sales tax increase on the November general election ballot is for the city of Vandalia.
    There was bound to be confusion when the city council voted this fall to put a sales tax increase vote on the November ballot, then school districts in the county voted to put an increase vote on the ballot during the consolidated election on April 2 next year.

  • Add to your shopping cart

    When you do your grocery shopping for the next week, we encourage you to pick up a few extra items, food stuffs that would help feed some of our community's children on weekends.
    Since it's inception at the start of this school year, Nourishing Greatness, an arm of the Vandalia ONE initiatve, has quickly grown to the level that it's providing weekend meals for children who might otherwise not get good meals.

  • Shop local ... and document

    If you go outside Vandalia to purchase items not available locally, what were those items and where did you go to buy them.
    Those are the questions that the Vandalia Director of Economic Development Director Amber Daulbaugh and Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce would like to answer in the next couple of months.

  • Congrats to HOF, Alumni honorees

    Over the weekend, four individuals were added to the Vandalia Community High School's athletic Hall of Fame and three others joined the list of recipients of the school's Distinguished Alumni Award.
    Ryan Ambuehl, Amber Bruno and Luke Schumacher were added to the Hall of Fame for their athletic achievements in a VCHS uniform, and Jason Clay joined the HOF for his success as both a player and coach of VCHS wrestling and football teams.