• County employee responds to Knebel's letter to the editor

    I offer this as a direct rebuttal to your last “Letter to the Editor,” from the former County Board chairman, Mr. Knebel. I was one of the topics of his long letter of half-truths. So here is the rest of the story as it relates to me and only me. Please keep in mind, Mr. Knebel was in my wedding and was someone I considered a friend. However, obviously friendship means nothing when you are trying to defend yourself from the allegation of criminal activity.

  • Former county board chairman speaks on state's attorney race


  • Resident asks Lions to reconsider their decision

    This letter is addressed to the Vandalia Lions Club:
    I just want to say what I think about taking the candy away from the Halloween Parade.
    I was told that it is about crowd control. They want to stop the unruly kids from running out in front of the participants in the parade. Let me tell you about those unruly kids. Their parents were raised the same way and their parents before them. They do not know any other way. They often see very little happiness in their lives.

  • Lions explain reasons for no candy in parade

    The Vandalia Lions Club has sponsored the Annual Halloween Parade for over 70 years now and the Parade has undergone many changes throughout the years. This parade has been recognized as one of the finer parades in Southern Illinois and band directors from all over the area from as far away as Mascoutah, Mattoon, and Mt. Vernon have complimented the City, the Lions Club, and the people of Vandalia for running and hosting a great parade.

  • Smith honored by award

    A thank you to the Vandalia Alumni & Friends Foundation. I applaud you for establishing the Distinguished Alumni Award at Vandalia Community High School.
    It establishes a high standard for students and a goal that their accomplishments in life have rewards and acknowledgment.

  • Resident offers thoughts on low-speed vehicle law

    Recently, after several months of less than openly public committee meetings the Fayette County Board advanced County Ordinance 20I6-04-14-D to a vote up or down at the April board meeting. This ordinance failed to pass after much discussion concerning its “completeness” and to whether or not it should be made available to the public for review prior to a final vote.
    A few board members tried to push this measure through for finalization without further, open public review. One must ask why? What are they concerned about?

  • Resident speaks on cemetery issue

    It is very hard for me to stand by and watch an excellent department manager as he works as diligently as employees he is the manager over.
    He is kind to employees and still finishes daily work without anyone hovering over the department manager.
    Mayor Gottman is the manager over several department managers. Great, but he sometimes assigns a department manager over another department manager. Not necessary.
    We have a department manager at the cemetery, and that is enough, as he is already a manager under the mayor.

  • April is Child Abuse Month

    Illinois participates in a national tradition of observing April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. April is devoted to celebrating everything we can do to transform our communities into places that care about – and actively support families and children.
    By making sure all parents in our communities have access to quality childcare, affordable health services, parenting education resources, substance abuse treatment and mental health programs, we make progress toward what the month stands for – preventing child abuse.

  • Resident speaks out against incumbents

    Once again, we voters approach an election. In my book, I’m not voting for any incumbent … period.
    Consider, our politicians are supposed to represent us, not necessarily just themselves. Which brings up another subject – term limits. We suffer because of no term limits in my opinion.

  • Resident wants new representative in D.C.

    Twenty years ago, John Shimkus indicated he would run for no more than six two-year terms. According to math, not Common Core Math, John should not have been a candidate after 2008, according to his words.
    John indicated he was against Planned Parenthood; however, he voted yes on the Omnibus Budget Bill, which provided federal monies to Planned Parenthood. The bill provided money for Syrian refugees to come into the U.S. without being properly vetted.