Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia's early days as capital

    With Kaskaskia as territorial capitol of the infant state, the first state constitutional convention met on Aug. 18, 1818, and issued a report “relative to a permanent seat of government…” Land was donated from the proprietors of Pope’s Bluff, Hill’s Ferry and Covington.  

  • Beautification group is serious

    Do you think that members of Vandalia's new beautification committee are not serious about doing what they can to improve the appearance of our community? Then you weren't downtown on Monday morning.
    On one of the hottest days so far this summer, a group of women were hard at work, taking decorative blocks from the city parking lot that houses the Little Red Caboose and using them to create plant beds in the other parking lot at that intersection.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Citing “immediate family concerns,” Republican candidate Marsha Sidwell Combs pulled out of the November state’s attorney’s race in Fayette County.
    Lorraine and Andy White of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jeanne and Ivan Witbracht were also celebrating their golden anniversary.
    Tom Turner, who had served as principal of South Central Elementary School, was chosen for the principal’s job at Patoka Elementary School.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl's family moved to Vandalia when she was a high school freshman. She worked as a school secretary for 48 years and has been retired for 22 years.

  • Celebrating the 4th in olden days

    To celebrate the Fourth, I thought it might be interesting to learn how the early settlers of days past celebrated this day.  

  • Rally shows support for schools

    A rally in downtown Vandalia last Wednesday afternoon that urged the passage of a state budget obviously caught the eyes of our governor and state legislators. And that rally would not have been successful were it not for a number of local people.
    First, there are two local individuals who have been in the forefront of the effort to have equitable school funding in Illinois, a state that ranks dead last when it comes to that unequity – Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well and Sandoval Superintendent Jennifer Garrison, a Vandalia Community High School graduate.

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