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Today's Opinions

  • Resident agrees with Beesley, asks him to reconsider

    Editor,
    There has been great debate and turmoil in our council chambers over video gambling establishments in Vandalia, with the outcome being the resignation of one of our outstanding aldermen, Terry Beesley.
    This has come about because of the vague video gaming law the state has passed that allows entrepreneurs to bypass the intention of the law and take advantage of its many loopholes, in this instance being restrictions on what types of businesses are eligible for video gambling licenses.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In a photo taken in the 1940s are these three brothers who moved to Vandalia when the family purchased an existing business, one that's heard from daily.

  • Take in Vandalia's Olde Tyme Christmas

    Ready or not, it’s upon us – the start of the holiday season.
    Various organizations are joining with Vandalia’s downtown merchants to kick off the season with Olde Tyme Christmas this Friday night.
    It’s the time for our downtown merchants to showcase their wares and the opportunity for local residents to see all of the holiday gifts that are available right in our hometown.

  • Maurice Etcheson told his WWII story

    A few weeks ago, Ron and Sue Etcheson loaned me a scrapbook begun by Ron’s mother at the time her husband entered the service during World War II.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, dated 1916, shows the Charters Hotel, which was located at the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets, the spot currenly occupied by Old Capitol View Restaurant.

    In Vandalia's capital days, legislators stayed in this hotel. In the background of the photo is the cupola of the Masonic building.

     

  • Iles help set up Springfield as capital

    In the past, I have written about a German visitor, Frederick Gustorf, who visited Vandalia in 1835. He traveled the National Road and found Vandalia with a population of 800 “unchanged since it was founded fifteen years ago.”

  • City extends condolences, praises those responding

    Editor,
    Shortly before 7 p.m. on Thursday, tragedy struck in downtown Vandalia, as an SUV carrying a mother and her four children were struck by an eastbound train. This resulted in the death of the mother and three of the children, ages 18, 13, and 10. The fourth child was airlifted from Fayette County Hospital for medical treatment.
    An estimated 2,000 people were lined up along Gallatin Street for the annual Lions Club Halloween Parade, an event that has been in downtown Vandalia for 70-plus years.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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