Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This husband and wife, in a photo taken before the 1956 prom at Vandalia Community High School, both graduated from VCHS and the University of Illinois.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 –  The cost of extending sewer lines to Vandalia’s western Interstate 70 interchange was less than expected. Thus, Mayor Rich Walker was proposing additional infrastructure improvements, including new sewer lines and manholes along the river bottoms in the city.
    Judge Dennis Middendorff ruled that Stuart Heaton, a Bluff City man convicted of murder in 1992, could continue to use a Chicago law firm. Jenner & Block took on Heaton’s case on a pro bono (free) basis.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Rose Hawkins tells of early Ramsey

    The following was published in the Ramsey News-Journal in March 1981, having been sent in by Rose Stanfield Hawkins, who was 9 years old when her family arrived in Ramsey on Oct. 18, 1908.

  • Three alumni worthy of tribute

    If they take advantage of it, the education that students can acquire in Vandalia's schools can take them far – the recipients of the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation are proof of that.
    This Saturday, the foundation will honor Robert E. Chandler, Tim Merriman and Jim Staff.
    Chandler has completed a successful career in the auto industry, Merriman is well-known for his work and Staff has served his hometown as a leader in both the field of education and in community service.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Enloe early figure in state's history

    Some time ago, I was asked by John Coleman of Bond County if I would like to see an old ledger book of Asahel Enloe.

  • Survey shows teens need help

    The numbers are staggering:
    • Almost 60 percent of sophomores in Fayette County have tried alcohol or regularly drink it.
    • Almost half of them have tried cigarettes or currently smoke.
    • 15 percent have tried marijuana or use it regularly.
    • 36 percent have been sexually active before the age of 17, of those, only 15 percent say that they always practice safe sex.
    • Almost a third reported feeling "sad or hopeless" for two weeks or more in a row.