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Today's Opinions

  • John Sawyer's place in history

    When German traveler Frederick Gustorf visited Illinois in the mid-1830s, he kept a journal that was later published. In the journal, he described the traveling conditions and his impressions of the people he met along the way.
    Many travelers like Gustorf who visited America returned to their home country and wrote travel commentaries. Thousands of people, upon reading their books, were able to choose what place in America they wanted to settle.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The city of Vandalia was considering rejoining the I-70 Growth Association, several years after dropping its membership.
    Amy and J.D. Vieregge of Vandalia bought the 28th house built by a building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center. The house is located on East Fork Drive.
    Wilbert and Elenora Yagow of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and Wilmer and Pauline Yagow of Kinmundy were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • Tour, Grande Levée translate into local dollars

    Anyone in Vandalia who has questioned the value of tourism in the past should have seen that value in the past week.
    First, many residents watched hundreds and hundreds of vehicles, many of them classic cars and trucks, go through town at participants in the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour made their way to Indianapolis, Ind.
    What many didn't see were the stops that those drivers made in town, either to fill up on fuel or grab something to eat, or both.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young man still lives in Vandalia and has been married for many years.

  • Looking Back
  • Tex Williams is Ramsey native

    Not long ago in a conversation with Johnnie Hicks, he told me he and his wife were the only inhabitants of the historic village of Anvil.

  • Celebrate our history ... while having fun

    You hear all of the time about how Vandalia has this great history that's worth remembering and promoting – this weekend, you can join in the celebration of that history.
    After a two-year absence, the Grande Levée is returning to the grounds of the Statehouse, the building that served as the state capitol for four years in the early 1800s. And it's coming back on its original weekend.