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Editorials

  • Take advantage of the county fair

    The hot, steamy weather is here in full force – that can only mean that it's time for the Fayette County Fair.
    The 2018 4-H show begins on Saturday morning with the horse and pony show, then the fair kicks off on Sunday at 3 p.m. with a demolition derby.
    The grandstand activities include the Miss Fayette and Little Miss pageants on Monday evening and the Jr. Miss and Future Miss pageants on Tuesday evening.

  • Daulbaugh's history reason for optimism

    Amber Daulbaugh will admit that she has a lot to learn in the area of economic development, but she will also tell you that she will make every effort to become educated in that area.
    Daulbaugh will also tell you that she believes she can be succesful in the position of director of economic development for the city of Vandalia. And her work history supports that.
    We have to admit that the city's hiring of Daulbaugh, who has been the program director for the Family YMCA of Fayette County, was a surprise.

  • Band hit all of the right notes

    The two women who organized the Vandalia Community Summer Band were faced with a number of questions after the band's performance. But most were of the same nature.
    Those attending the performance were asking Elizabeth Mesnard, a music education student at McKendree who came up with the idea for the band, and Amanda Moloney, Vandalia director of bands, when the band would be performing next.
    Those posing the question indicated the desire to, for example, perform every Friday or at least several more times this summer. We would add our request for that.

  • Capitol project proof of how VCC is good partner

    For the second time in a year, Vandalia Correctional Center has proven that it can be a good partner with the community.
    Last August, VCC and Second Chance Animal Rescue initiated a partnership through which offenders train dogs received by the rescue, making them more attractive for adoption. All indications are that that partnership is working out very well.

  • Take in the Grande Levée

    This is the weekend where we celebrate our town's rich history with a two-day celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Whether you've been to a Grande Levée in the past or have never experienced one, we know that the Friday night and Saturday event is one that you will enjoy.
    Check out the schedule on Page 10A of this issue and plan out your weekend at the Statehouse.

  • Another loss could be worse

    Sadly, downtown Vandalia lost another business and building to fire late Monday night and early morning. While we mourn yet another such loss to a business district that has taken big hits due to catastrophy.
    And while we lament over the fire that destroyed Capitol View Restaurant at Fourth and Gallatin streets, we have to at the same time remain thankful that the loss could have been much, much bigger.
    The credit for that goes to Vandalia's volunteer firefighters, with assistance from Brownstown firemen.

  • Cancer fund keeps money local to give aid

    It has been about 2 1/2 years since a group of local residents made the decision to pull away from the American Cancer Society and form their own group to assist people battling cancer. And it appears that their decision was a wise one.
    The Fayette County Cancer Fund was formed in October 2015, with the move made to ensure that donations made by individuals, businesses and organizations were used only to help local cancer patients.

  • Cleanup Week is next week

    How long have you been saying to yourself, "I have got to go through all of this stuff and get rid of some of it?" Well, next week is the time to do that.
    The city of Vandalia's annual Cleanup Week is next Monday through Friday.
    On the day of their regular trash pickup, Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation can set out with their regular trash those unwanted items in their basement, attic or garage.
    It's the perfect opportunity to get rid of that junk that has been piling up around the house.

  • Good to see Farm Bureau, KC continue pact

    Last summer, the Fayette County Farm Bureau Board of Directors signed an agreement through which Kaskaskia College agriculture students could use the former home of the University of Illinois Agronomy Research Center. The two parties have agreed to continue that relationship, which bodes well for many people.
    The agrement provides the college's ag students with  120 acres on which they can perform research while getting hands-on farming experience.

  • Volunteers, support needed

    It was just last week in this space that we noted the number of volunteers that made for a successful homecoming week in Vandalia. Now, we note the need for volunteers and support for upcoming projects and events in the community.
    For example, we have learned that volunteers are badly needed for Second Chance Animal Rescue. That program has been successfully adopting dogs with families and individuals for more than a decade.