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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl grew up in Ramsey and married a Vandalia man who's handy.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The annuitants of the ExxonMobil met on Thursday, June 29, in Vandalia at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with 18 members and six guests present.
    Dean Black gave the welcome, followed by the pledge to the flag. Black asked for a moment of silence for a former member Lois Jones, wife of Bill Jones, who passed away in May. LaVerne Laux followed with a meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting opened with the reading of the last meeting in Litchfield, which was the picnic at the Mulherns’. The treasurer’s report was also given.

  • The lost village of Manford

    Fayette County was sprinkled with villages and communities that played a major part in the lives of our residents before 1900. The majority of these villages have since disappeared, and our only hint as to their existence comes from maps or memoirs of the older folks.

  • Mural a nice addition to town

    One effort to both improve the appearance of and draw tourists to our downtown has been completed, and it's quite the work of art.
    Four professional artists and a future artist arrived in Vandalia last Wednesday night and by the time they left on Sunday, our town had its first mural.
    It was accomplished by the work of the Vandalia Mural Committee and all of the people who contributed to the $10,000 needed to make it happen.

  • City is fortunate to have such dedicated workers

    Editor,
    We would like to thank the Vandalia Public Works (street) Department for the timely and excellent manner in which they cleaned up Vandalia following the storm on Sunday, June 18.
    It looked as though it would take months to clear all of the trees and debris, and within less than a week, the work is almost complete.
    Thanks also to the Vandalia Park District employees. The city parks were hit hard, and within a few days the park district’s employees had them look as beautiful as they always do.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – A Grand March and Grand Ball were added to this year’s Grande Levée to celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary.
    The Fayette County Relay for Life raised $23,500, $5,500 above the goal set by local event organizers. Since the goal was exceeded, Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik agreed to have his head shaved.
    An open house for the new addition to Fayette County Hospital was held.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The cousins in this photo, taken about 70 years ago, grew up in the Brownstown/St. Elmo area.