Today's Opinions

  • Carroll records his family history

    In 1928, when James Monroe Jernigan Carroll was 96 years old, he sat down and composed a paper he titled, “A Brief History of the Carroll and Elam Families.”
    James Monroe Carroll was the oldest son of Raford and Sarah Jernigan Carroll, and was born on Dec. 20, 1832, as recorded in the family Bible.
    “Raford Carroll was born in North Carolina, Nov. 3, 1808, and came to Tennessee in 1818 and was there married to Sarah Jernigan, March 15, 1829.

  • Former county board chairman speaks on state's attorney race


  • 'Pop' Miller told old baseball stories

    I had the good fortune to meet Floyd “Pop” Miller and his wife, Vivian, of Mulberry Grove when I joined the Fayette County Genealogical Society in the late 1980s.

  • Congratulations, award recipients

    Homecoming 2016 for Vandalia Community High School was more than just an occasion to welcome back those who received their sheepskin from VCHS – it was also a time to recognize some individuals who excelled as a result of their time at the local high school.
    On Friday evening, VCHS welcomed Jerry Evans, Drew Bell, Blake Doehring, Brock Doehring, Matt Peyton, Drew Schneider and Marty Johnson into the school's athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The two brothers in this photo, taken in about 1950, have lived in or around Ramsey their entire lives.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
    Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
    Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.

  • Resident asks Lions to reconsider their decision

    This letter is addressed to the Vandalia Lions Club:
    I just want to say what I think about taking the candy away from the Halloween Parade.
    I was told that it is about crowd control. They want to stop the unruly kids from running out in front of the participants in the parade. Let me tell you about those unruly kids. Their parents were raised the same way and their parents before them. They do not know any other way. They often see very little happiness in their lives.

  • Lions explain reasons for no candy in parade

    The Vandalia Lions Club has sponsored the Annual Halloween Parade for over 70 years now and the Parade has undergone many changes throughout the years. This parade has been recognized as one of the finer parades in Southern Illinois and band directors from all over the area from as far away as Mascoutah, Mattoon, and Mt. Vernon have complimented the City, the Lions Club, and the people of Vandalia for running and hosting a great parade.