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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – The Vandalia City Council approved a 2-percent hotel/motel tax to help fund local tourism efforts.
    School administration rehired by the Vandalia School District were: Larry Bennett, superintendent; Jeff Endres, business manager/treasurer; Bob McAllister, Bill LaDage, Gale Meseke, Don Holtcamp and Rod Deem, building principals; and Darrell Fesser, Okaw Area Vocational Center director.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Sherry Smith-Stanford posted on Vandalia Memories this photo from Vandalia Remembered, printed during Vandalia's 175th anniversary.

    The photo, which was taken in the mid-1910s, shows Hausmann Corner, the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets. In Vandalia's capital days, that corner housed Charter's Hotel, an inn used by state legislators, including Abraham Lincoln. In the background of the photo at right is the cupola that sat atop the Masonic building on Fourth Street.

  • Relatives tell the Stephen Wright story

    I was surprised and thrilled to receive a call from Jessie Neathery of Greenville in response to my story about Newton Coffey, published in this newspaper two weeks ago.

  • Good luck, Wrestlers!

    It's pretty commonplace for Vandalia Community High School wrestlers to make the trek to Champaign for the state finals. But that doesn't make their accomplishments any less fantastic.
    Five of wrestlers, along with coach Jason Clay and assistants Matt Shroyer and Alex Foster, are heading to the University of Illinois State Farm Center this Thursday to square off with other top wrestlers in the state.
    Then, the team competes for another trip to the state team finals in Bloomington.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, posted on the Vandalia Memories Faecebook page by Paul Stroble, shows the Ford Bathing Pool, located off of Main Street near the Ford Roofing Plant (now Vandalia Warehouse).

  • Many of Lincoln's first were right here

    This past Sunday afternoon Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, co-sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society and Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse, was celebrated at the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Promoting our positives

    As he took the reins of chamber president late last month, Todd Stapleton expressed a desire to lead that organization’s efforts to be involved in economic development.
    And, in doing so, Stapleton said, “We need to focus on what we are and what we do have, and quit focusing on the negatives.
    “Sometimes we focus on what we don’t have, what we’re lacking. When you’re positive, you’re working together with what you have, and I think that brings out a positive side for anybody who comes through our community.”

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Lincoln’s life in Vandalia was remembered during a Lincoln’s Birthday program sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society.
    The Vandalia Optimist Club donated $2,584.06 to the VCHS Lettermen’s Club, the amount representing half of the proceeds made by the club when it hosted the University of Illinois basketball scrimmage.