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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were both born and raised in Vandalia. She now lives south of Brownstown and he lives in Altamont.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Vandalia once had a paper mill

    According to the annals of history, the Vandalia’s Paper Mill was first built in 1885 by local promoters that included most of Vandalia’s prominent men.

  • Cleanup Week is next week

    How long have you been saying to yourself, "I have got to go through all of this stuff and get rid of some of it?" Well, next week is the time to do that.
    The city of Vandalia's annual Cleanup Week is next Monday through Friday.
    On the day of their regular trash pickup, Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation can set out with their regular trash those unwanted items in their basement, attic or garage.
    It's the perfect opportunity to get rid of that junk that has been piling up around the house.

  • Two vets going on Honor Flight

    They are not the first nor will they be the last, but on April 3, two local veterans, Gary
    Oldham and Dick Paul will be, as far as I known, the only Fayette County men taking part in the Honor Flight to see veteran memorials in Washington, D.C.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 - Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar talked about positive upturns in the state’s economy during a visit to Vandalia. Edgar was the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    While in Vandalia, Edgar proclaimed the Vandalia Statehouse as the state’s first Heritage Site.
    Five males – four adults and a juvenile – were arrested for breaking into and burglarized Vandalia Community High School. The five males were arrested in St. Louis after being stopped for a traffic violation.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: All three of these children are originally from this area. Two were born in Loogootee, and one was born east of Loogootee.