Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia Vandals clobbered Breese Central, 30-6, to end the football season with a perfect 9-0 mark. The Vandals were to host Piasa Southwestern in the first round of postseason playoffs.
    Josephine Burtschi, a noted Vandalia historian who established The Little Brick House, died at the age of 87.
    A white male in a Chevrolet Blazer robbed First Bank in Vandalia, getting away with an undisclosed amount.

  • Good luck, Vandals

    If there's one thing you can say about the Vandalia Vandals football team, it's that they never give up.
    The Vandals wrapped up their regular season last Friday, securing a share of the South Central Conference crown with a win over Greenville that broke a 17-year losing streak to the Comets.
    Now, the Vandals gear up for a playoff battle with Tolono Unity this Saturday at 2 p.m. It looks to be a tough contest against a team that has become a perennial postseason participant.

  • Memories of trick-or-treating

    The season is upon us … I mean the season of “trick or treat.”
    My trick or treat days did not begin until I was about 7 years old – 1958.
    In those days, the candy gathering took up both Saturday and Sunday nights. My folks were parents of six kids, so at any given Halloween, there were at least four of us, each with a grocery sack, out begging for candy.
    My maternal grandmother, Edna Gum, lived in a little bungalow on the corner of Eighth and Randolph streets, and this was our base of operations.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young boy grew up and retired in Sefton, graduated from and worked for the University of Illinois College of Agriculture.

  • Families of murdered couple release their endorsement

    When tragedy strikes, no one ever really knows what to do next. We learned that first hand when tragedy struck our family in the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2010, when our loved ones, Debbie Tish and Mike Mahon, were murdered as they slept. The day after, we quickly learned that the person to help us move forward through at least one process, the judicial process, was then-State’s Attorney Stephen Friedel.

  • County employee responds to Knebel's letter to the editor

    I offer this as a direct rebuttal to your last “Letter to the Editor,” from the former County Board chairman, Mr. Knebel. I was one of the topics of his long letter of half-truths. So here is the rest of the story as it relates to me and only me. Please keep in mind, Mr. Knebel was in my wedding and was someone I considered a friend. However, obviously friendship means nothing when you are trying to defend yourself from the allegation of criminal activity.

  • Halloween a time for fun, not vandals

    The Halloween season in Vandalia has been kicked off with the haunted house created by the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff and continues through next week with a variety of activities.
    Halloween is a fun time of year, with everyone dressing up and providing treats for our young ones. But sometimes, there are those who see it as a time to pull what they perceive as tricks, but are really acts of vandalism.
    Something that someone sees as fun is really something that causes expensive damage to another's personal property.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: A woman and her nephew are shown in this week's photo. She is retired and lives in Vandalia, and he works in a local factory and lives in Brownstown.