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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories

    The former A&W Root Beer stand, which was located on North Eighth Street south of Dairy Queen, is shown above.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – A minor earthquake measuring between 3.4 and 4.0 on the Richter Scale woke many Fayette County residents from their sleep.
    VI Enterprises closed its hat manufacturing plant in Vandalia.
    About 450 teens attended Teen Aid V at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    30 Years Ago

    1985 – About 70 people turned out to “Meet the Candidates” who were running for city offices in Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl loves animals and children.

  • State tax cut would be big hit to the city

    As he prepares to address the state's long-running financial problems, new Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has said that everyone will not like his actions and that many will suffer. That's certainly the case for the city of Vandalia.
    One of Rauner's proposals is to cut in half the state income tax traditionally given to municipalities. In Vandalia's case, that would mean a loss of close to $350,000.

  • Proving that Lincoln is a relative

    This past weekend my granddaughters, Amy and Kaylee, came with their daddy for a visit to grandma’s house. As we sat around the supper table, the girls told me that the kids at their school (they’re second-graders) did not believe they were related to Abraham Lincoln.

  • Proving that Lincoln is a relative

    This past weekend my granddaughters, Amy and Kaylee, came with their daddy for a visit to grandma’s house. As we sat around the supper table, the girls told me that the kids at their school (they’re second-graders) did not believe they were related to Abraham Lincoln.

  • Washington and other early schools

    While looking through back issues of The Vandalia Union, I came across an article that rather surprised me. The subject of the article was the demolition of Washington School, which was scheduled to begin April 23, 1940.

  • Hard work paying off

    Vandalia wrestlers Dalton Blankenship and Kendrick Woolsey are perfect examples of the "perseverance and hard work" that coach Jason Clay talks about when he explains the success of this year's grapplers.
    Just a week and a half after sustaining bruised ribs, Blankenship returned to the mat to give his team some very important points.
    Woolsey, facing an opponent who had already beaten him twice this season, provided the sectional-clinching points by edging that opponent in a hotly contested overtime match.