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Today's Opinions

  • Operation OUTING drivers badly needed

    Editor,
    Nursing and retirement home residents are largely confined to their facility, which greatly limits their experiences and quality of life. Fortunately, thanks to Operation OUTING, these residents in Vandalia have the opportunity to get OUT to a variety of destinations.
    Free of charge, the bus takes those who would like to go to many places: Evergreen Outreach program at the First United Methodist Church on Mondays, restaurants, baseball games, the zoo and scenic road trips in our area.

  • Vandalia Memories

    David Crye uploaded to Vandalia Memories this old photo of Vandalia's railroad depot in the 100 block of South Sixth Street.

  • Dug Out Bill and bandits

    The following story, by the Rev. August Forster, Ramsey’s Catholic priest, was reprinted in the April 9, 1936, issue of the Ramsey News Journal.
    At the time he reprinted it, the editor expressed reservations as to the reverend having his facts straight, even accusing him of using his imagination to come up with “an interesting portrayal of an episode that might have happened.”

  • Traffic flow will require some patience

    There is no perfect solution.
    Traffic is going to get more congested on the north end of Vandalia in a few weeks, and there's not really anything that can be done about it.
    The shifting of students from Jefferson Primary School to Vandalia Elementary School means that more parents will be dropping off and picking up their children before and after school each day.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl has three children, and she formerly worked at three banks in Vandalia.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Rosemary McMillan of Brownstown provided us with this 1941 photo of a rope bridge across the Kaskaskia River, presumably south of Vandalia. On the bridge are Farrell Gruenbaum, Bob Smith and Paul Jeff.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young woman, shown in a photo taken in 1940, has three children and lives in the Shafter area.

  • Alderman explains need for a city administrator

    Editor,
    Since becoming an alderman for the city of Vandalia, I have become part of the long-time search for a city administrator and have been approached by many residents as to why we need one, when the community has functioned just fine without one. I would like to attempt to address this question.
    The administrator is responsible for managing all day-to-day operations of the city and also manages the city’s economic development activities. Even for a small community like ours, this is a full-time job.