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Today's Opinions

  • Several bridges have spanned the Kaskaskia

    According to the Jan. 18, 1823, issue of the Illinois Intelligencer newspaper, a bridge built by A.H. Muckel spanned the Kaskaskia River by that date.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Elvis Presley commemorative stamps went on sale at the Vandalia Post Office, and all were gone within an hour.
    Maranatha Felmlee, the reigning Miss Fayette County, was competing in the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant in Springfield.
    A logjam in the Kaskaskia River threatened to damage the city of Vandalia’s river intake and a United Cities Gas Co. Line.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture shows the cast of a play, "The Eyes of Faith," performed in about 1955 at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • County courthouse has unique history

     We in Fayette County are very proud of that fact that of the state’s 102 counties, Fayette County is the only Illinois county whose courthouse was once a private residence.

  • Vandalia enjoys time in spotlight

    Though Vandalia has had a number of local residents who have had their individual moments in the spotlight, it’s not common that the city itself has taken center stage.
     It happened 50 years ago, when writer-turned-sociologist Joseph Lyford came to town. After interviewing dozens of locals and observing the way things get done here, he wrote a book – “The Talk In Vandalia” – that described the community as it was in 1962.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A number of volunteers and a crew from the Vandalia Correctional Center Work Camp strung holiday lights along the tops of businesses in the downtown Vandalia business district.
    Fayette County Habitat for Humanity set a dedication ceremony for its first house, which was located at 1417 W. Madison St. in Vandalia.
    Sarah Roberts scored 14 points to lead the Vandalia Middle School eighth-grade girls to a 36-12 win over Litchfield that gave the squad a share of the Jr. Mid-State Conference title.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This man, pictured 60 years ago, owned a business in Vandalia and retired as a truck driver. He has two children.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia officials announced that local businesses could apply for loans through the city's Community Development Assistance Program revolving loan fund. Previously, the funds were available only for industrial projects.
    A Mt. Vernon architectural and engineering firm presented Vandalia School District officials with a study on district facilities. That study showed that the district needed more space, and that it would be expensive to address that problem.