Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The girl in this photo, which was taken in the mid-1980s, grew up in the Shafter area. She now cuts hair at a salon in Vandalia, and she has a son.

  • Resident speaks on cemetery issue

    It is very hard for me to stand by and watch an excellent department manager as he works as diligently as employees he is the manager over.
    He is kind to employees and still finishes daily work without anyone hovering over the department manager.
    Mayor Gottman is the manager over several department managers. Great, but he sometimes assigns a department manager over another department manager. Not necessary.
    We have a department manager at the cemetery, and that is enough, as he is already a manager under the mayor.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Rheiner doctored early St. Paul

    Doctor Edward Rheiner was one of the earliest doctors to attend to the ills of the St. Paul community, which began forming into a village in the fall of 1864 with the migration of the Wisconsin German families, Lenz, Malchow, Maske, Sasse, Busse and Stein.

  • Budget impasse impacts continue

    The ongoing budget impasse at our state capitol has already affected municipalities and other entities that are owed money by the state. For example, the state owes the city about half a million dollars at this time.
    Add Ramsey Lake State Park and the community of Ramsey to the list of those being hurt by the stalemate involving our governor and legislators.
    Ramsey Lake State Park, which draws large numbers of people each year for camping, fishing and other outdoor activities, has been shuttered. And there's no indication when it will be reopened.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – A letter of intent was signed for the sale of Witte Hardware Corp., operator of a distribution center in Vandalia, to Orgill Corp., an independent hardware distributor based in Memphis, Tenn.
    Alicia Gerkin and Jay Keppler were crowned queen and king at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
    Members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia were to canvass the downtown business district over the weekend to plant flowers in barrels as part of its “Bloom in Historic Vandalia” program.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Childhood memories of wash day

    The washer broke yesterday. Oh, I can’t say it was much of a surprise. It had begun to make funny noises about three weeks ago.
    It didn’t owe me anything, as the saying goes. I had bought it used 10 years earlier and it had served me well. However, when it died, it was at the beginning of the wash cycle; I was faced with a medium-sized load of unwashed clothes.
    It was as I was wringing out a pair of socks that a picture of my mother came to mind, bent over a tub in the basement, scrubbing on her washboard.