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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Important to be content during the Christmas season

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

It’s hard to believe but Christmas is next Thursday. Let the sprint begin for so many of us who need to complete our Christmas shopping lists as we check off names, one by one, for who we have yet to purchase a gift for this holiday season. If you are a parent of more than one child, you understand the mindset of trying to buy equally for your children. While

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  • Guest Editorial: Texting “It Can Wait”

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Brenna Jones

    — Editor’s Note: Every day teenagers die on the roadways of this country because they are distracted by texting. Those grisly statistics can change, and a Hermann, MO student is doing her part to see they do. St. George eighth grade student Brenna Jones is the Missouri Middle School Division winner of the “It Can Wait” campaign aimed at discouraging texting while driving. The contest was sponsored in part by

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  • Projections show gas prices potentially dipping below $2

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    For the last month, many Vandalia area residents have enjoyed the financial relief felt at the gas pump as they’ve seen prices drop as low as $2.43 per gallon. The drop in price has caused many of us to reflect on the days when gas was less than $2 per gallon. Well, after a recent Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decision, gas prices might soon hit that mark

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  • Interesting to go through the testimony of Officer Darren Wilson

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    After what seemed like a long two weeks filled with anticipation for a grand jury’s decision in the case involving Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, a decision was made public late Monday night. The grand jury found Officer Wilson not guilty on any of the five indictments against him involving the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In his now public testimony to the grand jury, he said “I felt

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  • Important to understand information surrounding ACA advisor

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    When I first heard about a supposed “Obamacare” architect making controversial comments, I personally didn’t pay too close attention to the story at first. But when President Barack Obama made his first comments about this person last week, I thought it was important that our readers get an understanding of what is going on here. It all started when videos of MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber were shown with him

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  • Missouri’s resolution on gay marriage overturned last week in K.C.

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    In 2004, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment that excluded gay men and lesbians from marrying in Missouri. This measure was upheld until last week when U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie Smith ruled in Kansas City, Mo. that same-sex couple can now obtain marriage licenses. This ruling came after a Jackson County lawsuit was filed in June by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri on behalf of two

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  • Voters participating in election process might be in the minority

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:14 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    On early Wednesday morning, many area voters are picking up a copy of The Vandalia Leader and checking out our website or Facebook page to get the latest results on the 2014 elections. Regardless of what political party you favored on election day, my hope is that you participated in the voting process. Unfortunately, if you did vote, you might have been in the minority. During the 2010 elections, only

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