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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories

    After a post on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page started a discussion about Henry's, which was located at the northeast corner of Eighth Street and Veterans Avenue, members were asking for a photo of the restaurant. Kathy Schultz, one of the page administrators, found this found in a 1976 issue of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These are four big-haired besties graduated from Vandalia Community High School in 1989.

  • Lee the last link to Vandalia's infancy

    When Benjamin Franklin Lee took his last breath on Dec. 22, 1916, the last living link that connected the infancy of Vandalia to the present matured city was broken.

  • Memories page keeps our town's history alive

    It’s yet another way of preserving our community’s history, although that’s not its main purpose. It was created to be a forum through which memories of our community can be shared.
    Almost five years after Kathy Schultz started the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook, that page has about 1,700 members, with many of those members sharing old photos that look back over the years.
    On that Facebook page, members can recall their childhoods … and who doesn’t enjoy that?

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The young boy in this photo has four sisters, and he is good at numbers.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Jim Staff was inducted into the Greenville College Hall of Fame.
    Dr. Brian Dossett announced he would be opening a family practice in Vandalia in August. His wife, Laura, is a registered nurse.
    Brownstown High School students were getting ready to present “The Wizard of Oz.”

    30 Years Ago

  • John Kurtz and wireless transmissions

    The headline of the article “The Wizard of Vandalia” in the Jan. 30, 1908, issue of The Vandalia Union caught my attention. I have mentioned before that the local newspaper is one of my favorite sources of subjects for this column.

  • Voice your opinion on alcohol in parks

    At recent meetings, Vandalia Park District commissioners have discussed a request to allow alcohol at softball fields as a way of enticing more teams to come to Vandalia. The discussion has expanded to include allowing alcohol in the parks for such things as special events and reunions.
    Last Thursday, the park district board agreed to hold a public hearing on the issue. That hearing has been set for 6 p.m. in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.