• Cemetery monument finished; ceremony Thursday at 10

    A little over three years ago, I began a project to purchase a stone to mark the graves of 18 people who were placed in unmarked graves when the Vandalia Mausoleum was torn down in 1975. I am happy to report that the stone is now in place and will be dedicated at 10 a.m. this Thursday.

  • Writer supports Brian Stout for Illinois senate seat

    The debate on Thursday evening for the candidates running for office was not always fair.
    Like the one between Brian Stout and Jason Plummer, who are running for state senate.
    Brian was asked to speak first each time. They should have taken turns. Brian should have had the right for a rebuttal, but he did not get to.
    Anyone running for office and to be at a debate should talk about what they hope to do for the area they are running in, not call his opponent names and spread lies, as Plummer did to Stout.

  • Alderman supports half-cent sales tax hike

    In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. This phrase holds true today as it did over 200 years ago. Since this phrase was first used, our lifespan has more than doubled, which is good, but Illinois residents pay the second-highest property taxes in the country, which is very bad.
    If you are a homeowner, you know from past tax bills that property taxes are a certainty to keep rising in the future, putting more financial burden on you and your lifestyle.

  • Alum, retired teacher gives thanks for Alumni Weekenda

    Brownstown High School graduate Floyd Jordan (‘54) had always looked forward to his own class reunion. Somewhere in the mid- to late 1970’s, Floyd worked to include all Brownstown Alumni in a school wide reunion.
    With the help of many dedicated volunteers, the Brownstown Alumni Reunion has been a staple for those who have attended Brownstown High School, with graduates returning year after year for the Brownstown Alumni Reunion held in July.

  • Resident suggests using gaming revenue instead of tax hike

    I want to comment on the Vandalia City Council’s proposal they are considering to put before voters a referendum to increase the local sales tax by one-half of 1 percent.

  • Local support allows Lions to help others

    The Vandalia Lions Club is pleased to announce that the Lions Club International has responded to the needs to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
    In a letter received from International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, it was announced the Lions Club International Foundation responded to the disaster with an Emergency Catastrophe Grant in the amount of $100,000.

  • Flowers a great downtown addition

    The flowers in downtown Vandalia are absolutely beautiful. They add so much to our city streets and are an asset that everyone can enjoy.
    I love seeing them and they instill me with pride. I’m sure visitors will make note of them as they drive through this special town of ours.
    Many, many thanks to those who provided them and to those who care for them.
    Beulah Brown

  • Thefts at cemetery need to be put to a stop

    When I went to the cemetery to put flowers on my fathers’ grave for Father’s Day, the red bird house that had been hanging on a shepherd’s hook was gone.
    I was in shock and tears to think that someone would take the memento that has meant so much to my family, a little wren house that my mom had hung up in the backyard for years. We think the same family of wrens came back to the place where they always felt safe.

  • City is fortunate to have such dedicated workers

    We would like to thank the Vandalia Public Works (street) Department for the timely and excellent manner in which they cleaned up Vandalia following the storm on Sunday, June 18.
    It looked as though it would take months to clear all of the trees and debris, and within less than a week, the work is almost complete.
    Thanks also to the Vandalia Park District employees. The city parks were hit hard, and within a few days the park district’s employees had them look as beautiful as they always do.

  • Funding from state for 911 in jeopardy

    9-1-1 is the backbone of public safety and Illinois’ back is breaking.
    On behalf of the sheriffs, the chiefs of police and all the men and women of public safety in Illinois, we encourage Governor Rauner to approve SB 1839. Without that approval, the system will be unfunded at the close of business June 30.
    It’s unthinkable that someone in Illinois might dial 9-1-1 after June 30 and nobody would be there to take the emergency call.