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Editorials

  • 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.

  • 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.
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  • 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.

  • Taste some wines, help the Statehouse

    Local residents will have the opportunity this Saturday to sample some wines and craft beers, listen to local performers and just enjoy a fall afternoon on the lawn of our local treasure.
    At the same time, you will be helping to preserve that treasure, with the proceeds from the Vandalia Historical Society's second annual Wine & Ale with Abe.
    The inaugural event turned out to be an overwhelming success, with a large crowd of people both having fun and helping to supporting the Statehouse window restoration project.

  • Vandals show more than just wins

    Going into this Friday's homecoming game against Piasa Southwestern, the Vandalia Vandals varsity football team is touting a perfect 4-0 record. But you have to look beyond those wins to see what kind of players Vandalia has on the roster this fall.
    In one game, the Vandals chose not to respond in kind when some of their players were targeted with inappropriate actions of the other team. They kept a cool head and showed that they were above those actions.

  • Sign theft is a crime

    You can tell by the signs posted throughout the county that an election is coming up. What you don't see are signs that are no longer posted.
    For whatever reason, there are always people who – for some reason or another – think it's OK to steal or destroy candidates' signs.
    It's not – it's a criminal offense.
    Candidates and their supporters put a lot of money into their campaigns, which includes signs that are posted to advertise their run for elected office.

  • Working to fill jobs, find staff

    Even though there are many claims on social media that there are no jobs available locally, and that we need more jobs, just the opposite appears to be true.
    During the initial meeting of the workforce development arm of the newly established Vandalia ONE initiative, there were numerous claims that there are many job openings, and that schools and businesses are working together to fill those openings.

  • Farm Bureau, KC ag pact great for ag

    When they learned that the University of Illinois was no longer interested in using land south of Brownstown given to them for research, the Fayette County Farm Bureau quickly acted.
    The Farm Bureau recaptured that land, then moved forward to continue research at that location while helping area students interested in careers in agriculture.
    The agriculture department at Kaskaskia College accepted the invitation to use the land for classes that give the students hands-on experience in planting, harvesting and research.