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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Explaining the process of putting last week’s issue together

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm

After receiving some comments and complaints in regards to our September 3 issue of The Vandalia Leader, I think it’s important for me to explain what took place involving the newspaper published just one day after Labor Day. Our office was closed on Monday for Labor Day and so was our printing plant. The newspaper hits the press on Tuesdays. With early advertising and news copy deadlines set for the

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  • Saying “Bless You” gives one Tennessee student time in ISS

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    There once was a time that saying “God Bless You” or “Bless You” to someone after they sneezed was nearly always considered a kind gesture. This was not the case for a Tennessee student recently. Kendra Turner was kicked out of her class for saying “Bless You”, which was written by her teacher as a banned phrase on the classroom’s white board. It was among a list of phrases that

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  • Pray nothing but the best for those battling alcohol and drug use

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Every week, I continue to read about the lives of so many people in our area and in our own families who are affected by the consequences of alcohol and drug use. I posted some of my thoughts on the issue on Facebook this past week and it appeared I hit a nerve. It quickly gained several “likes” and comments from folks who apparently felt the same way. It just

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  • “EPA grabs for dry land” by Don Parrish

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand the scope of “navigable waters” subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction was drafted, according to the agency, to reduce uncertainty. And that it does. It’s very clear the proposed rule is designed to allow the federal government to regulate every place water flows when it rains, including small and remote “waters” and ephemeral drains and ditches. We all know that water flows downhill

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  • Unfortunate situation taking place in Ferguson, Mo.

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    This past week, a Ferguson, Mo. teenager was shot and killed by an officer there. The problem is not only did a young man lose his life, there was no nearby camera that caught the incident on video. It’s the classic case of “he said, she said.” One supposed eyewitness says that teenager Michael Brown was surrendering with his hands in the air to show he was unarmed when an

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  • Sometimes it’s just good to get away with family for vacation

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    I was extremely thankful for the opportunity God blessed my family with last week to get away for a few days on a vacation in beautiful southwest Missouri. It never gets old driving through the Ozark mountains between Springfield, Mo. and Branson, Mo. I’m thankful God blessed us with just enough dollars to be able to make this trip. As many of you know, getting away has a price tag

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  • Alarming number of illegal immigrant children reported in U.S.

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Recently, thousands of illegal immigrant children have crossed the Texas border into the U.S. and there have been stories nationwide as to where they might end up. While it’s still uncertain how this situation will be addressed, this is only one of many cases that have already occurred like it since January 1, 2014 that many U.S. citizens haven’t heard about. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human

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