Today's Opinions

  • Many stories at the Statehouse

    As an interpreter at the Vandalia Statehouse, there is a wealth of known history to share with our visitors; however, the unknown is intriguing.
    Much happened within the walls of this historic building that we do not know about, and the personalities who made Vandalia home for the months of the legislative session were many.
    Enter Archibald Williams of Quincy, a self-made lawyer from Kentucky, who would become Lincoln’s fast friend. Williams was said to have had a physical resemblance to Lincoln, and rivaled him in homeliness.

  • Dog park good as long as the rules are followed

    The Vandalia Park District has teamed up with Second Chance Animal Rescue to provide a nice benefit to our community – a dog park.
    The south end of Madison Street Park is now a fenced-in area where local residents can take their dogs for fun and exercise.
    Dog parks have proven to be well-received and well-used in other communities, and, hopefully, the same will be true in Vandalia. From comments made in recent months, many are looking forward to take advantage of the park.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble uploaded to Vandalia Memories this old postcard of the current home of First National Bank at Fifth and Gallatin streets. As you can see, at the time this postcard was circulated, the bank was inside the Dieckman Hotel.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The young man in this photo is now retired from the Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  John Hall and Mark Ritter were selected to attend Illini Boys’ State at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
    Valedictorians at area high schools were: David Myers and Corey Wiegand, Vandalia; Donna Blankenship, Mulberry Grove; Melissa Jones, South Central; Beth Herrington and Angie Harmeier, Vandalia; Amy Cole, Brownstown; Lori Thull and Jamie Bolyard, Ramsey; and Sherry Britt, Patoka.
    The Vandalia Community High School boys’ tennis team tied for first in the Mid-State Conference Tournament.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Mayor Rich Walker was elected mayor of the Southern Illinois Mayor’s Association.
    Ramsey Superintendent Richard Nelson was named new superintendent of the Lovington School District. He had served as Ramsey superintendent since 1981.
    Two Vandalia seniors received $1,000 scholarships. Jeff Scott was named recipient of the James Littleford Scholarship and Angie Harmeier received the Matthew Newman, M.D., Illinois Eye Consultant Scholarship.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This woman was born and reared in Ramsey, in a family of seven girls and two boys.

  • Remember those who gave all

    This is the weekend that many will be holding cookouts, parties and other activities to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. It's a time when family and friends gather together for a good time.
    But we ask that you also remember those who gathered together for quite a different reason more than 100 years ago or about 70 years ago ... and many times in between and after. Those men and women joined together at various times in our country's history to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today.