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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in about 1954, shows six kids who grew up on West Main Street in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Dan Meyer, superintendent of the St. Elmo School District from 1989-91, returned to that position during a St. Elmo School Board meeting.
    Edgar Hunter and Jamie Luster were crowned king and queen at the Brownstown High School prom.
    Robert D. “Junior” Ritter Jr., 47, was fatally electrocuted while setting up a radio display at the model show at Mulberry Grove High School.
    Donald and Beulah Logue of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Printery is Vandalia's oldest building

    Perched on the hill above the NAPA store on Jefferson Street stands the oldest building in Vandalia.
    Few who pass by the dwelling, built about 1824 for Robert Blackwell, have any idea of the history of the building or the importance it played in Illinois’ history.

  • Remember those who sacrificed

    Next Monday, America will pause to say thanks to the tens of thousands of our fellow citizens who have sacrificed to protect our nation.
    As we observe Memorial Day, there will be services at several area cemeteries, at parks or at the headquarters of various military veteran groups.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These brothers, raised in the Loogootee area, are pictured about 68 years ago. One lives in Florida, one lives in Kankakee and the third still lives in the area.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A crew from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency came to St. Elmo for an anhydrous ammonia spill caused when tanks broke loose from a truck pulling them.
    Parents of seniors at Ramsey High School were fighting to keep prayer at commencement exercises.
    Outgoing Vandalia Mayor Rich Walker and other city officials hosted a reception for the incoming mayor, Sandra Leidner, and other newly elected officials.
    Mr. and Mrs. Burt Powell of Brownstown were celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.

  • Take time to look closely at Madonna statue

    Dedicated to the mothers of covered wagon days, Vandalia’s Madonna of the Trail statue was one of 12 monuments erected in the United States to mark major migration paths.

  • Congratulations, graduates!

    It’s the time of year when “Pomp & Circumstance” can be heard wafting from high school gymnasiums across the country.
    Proud parents and family members gather to celebrate the milestones being completed by their graduates, and the schools pass out awards to note those graduates’ accomplishments.
    On many fronts, it’s a fun time. Families are gathered. Compliments are shared. Futures are contemplated. And friendships are affirmed.