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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Ebola outbreak concern grows as more deaths are reported

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:40 am

By now, many Vandalia area residents have read several concerning reports in regards to the recent outbreak of Ebola cases, both in the U.S. and worldwide. According to a New York Times article entitled “Ebola Facts: How Many Health Care Workers Have Contracted Ebola?,” 233 of 400 workers from West Africa have died in this outbreak. There have been 16 cases outside of West Africa, with three fatalities. There are

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  • Mourning after the loss of my “granny,” Annetta Warner

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

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    When I woke up this past Sunday morning, the day felt like most other Sundays where our family begins rushing around the house to get ready for church. Then I received a phone call that brought things to a halt. My family back in Maryland was informing me that my grandmother, Annetta Warner, would likely not live through the day. We recently were told she may have a year to

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  • Adrian Peterson case reopens discussion on child discipline

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    The Minnesota Vikings future hall of fame running back Adrian Peterson was booked last week and later posting bond after being indicted by a grand jury on charges for reckless or negligent injury to a child. A warrant was issued for his arrest as photos of his four year old son were viewed by a grand jury showing injuries the young boy suffered after Peterson admittedly used a switch (tree

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  • Explaining the process of putting last week’s issue together

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    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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