• 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.

  • A ceremony worthy of a tail-wagging

    It was a year ago that Second Chance Animal Rescue joined with Vandalia Correctional Center for a program to benefit the rescue and VCC, as well as offenders at the state prison.
    On Saturday morning, the one-year anniversary of the TAILS (Teaching Animals & Offenders Like Skills) was celebrated with a ceremony that included recognition of offenders who have completed the TAILS program.
    It also included one of the Second Chance's latest adoptions.

  • Opposed to tax hike? Tell your aldermen

    At its meeting last week, Vandalia's aldermen were presented with a proposal to put on the November general election a public vote for an increase of one-half of one percent in the local sales tax.
    The city is seeking the increase to cover its share of contributions to the police pension fund, saying that in the current year, $50,000 was pulled from the general fund to meet that obligation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.