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Today's Opinions

  • 'Free Papers' in Fayette County

    In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day and the struggle that took place so far away from my childhood home of Vandalia, I would like to share with our readers the real-time cases from 1840 of four black people, one woman and three men, who had to prove their freedom in Fayette County court.

  • 'Free Papers' in Fayette County

    In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day and the struggle that took place so far away from my childhood home of Vandalia, I would like to share with our readers the real-time cases from 1840 of four black people, one woman and three men, who had to prove their freedom in Fayette County court.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Seven people entered Vandalia’s mayoral race – Sandra Leidner, Charles Hutson, Jim Bray, Kim Shanks, Sheldon Schulte, Everett Jarrett and David Crye Jr. Crye later withdrew from the race.
    The Gallatin Street Grille opened at 524 W. Gallatin St. in downtown Vandalia.
    Marvin and Dorothy Huskey of rural Brownstown celebrated their 50th anniversary.

    25 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This photo of two siblings was taken 45 years ago. The girl is a nurse, and her brother is retired from Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • Making winter much less painful

    Even the small amount of snow we received last week could have made local travel somewhat trecherous. But, as usual, that was not the case, thanks to the city of Vandalia's commitment to clearing the streets in bad weather.
    It's something that we've become accustomed to ... and even expect. Yes, we're spoiled.
    Less snow fell in a Christian County town north of us last week, and by the weekend, there was still a significant amount of snow on the streets. Much of what was gone had been removed by local traffic.

  • Illinois buying the Statehouse

    “SHALL the ‘Old Capitol’ be Preserved and its Splendid History, Tradition, Legend and Story Perpetuated?’

  • It's more than coats, shoes

    A short time before Christmas, more than 300 children in Fayette County schools received gifts of new winter coats and shoes.
    But, as we've often stated in this space, those gifts given the Methodist Men of Vandalia reflect much more than those physical items – it's about giving back to the community.
    The story on today's front page is our latest example of how volunteerism is alive and well in Vandalia and Fayette County.