Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – As last week’s temperatures dipped below freezing, swelling peach buds – caught off guard by the unseasonably warm weather during most of March – succumbed to the harsh cold.
    The trial for a Bluff City man, Stuart Wayne Heaton, charged with the stabbing murder of a Ramsey girl, Krystal Lynn Naab, was scheduled to begin next week.
    An ammonia feed system is now removing an unhealthy byproduct from the city’s water supply.

  • Our sports facilities are second to none

    As the spring sports seasons get under way, one thing will be apparent to anyone who attends baseball, softball or track contests in Vandalia.
    That one thing is that Vandalia now has some of the best facilities in the area. It's notable because not long ago, all three of those facilities were among the worst that Vandal athletes encountered during their season.

  • Maddox House was social center of town

    The Maddox House on Gallatin Street was a social center of capital-era Vandalia,  and was known far and wide as one of the best hotels in the state.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis of Greenville was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the August 1996 murder of Greenville Attorney Tom Meyer.
    By a 4-3 vote, the Vandalia Board of Education rescinded penalties handed down to two students through enforcement of the district’s athletic policy.
    Nathan Graumenz of Vandalia won the state championship in the 135-pound weight class at the state wrestling finals in Champaign. Michael Mabry of VCHS placed fourth in the 125-pound class.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: In 1961, these Brownstown girls gathered on Poplar Street for a birthday party.

  • Illinois gets passing nod from politicians

    Somehow it’s affirming to come home to messages on my answering machine. It means that someone has something to say to me. It infers that I’m valued, that someone cares.

  • Gettysburg vets gather for reunion in 1913

    In 1913, the state of Pennsylvania, under Gov. John K. Tener, hosted a soldiers' reunion at Gettysburg to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle.

  • Irresponsible acts have consequences

    Sometimes responsibility is a hard lesson to learn. It often takes a session or two in the school of hard knocks for it to sink in.
    And so, for some of the young people who have enjoyed congregating in Vandalia’s municipal parking lots, the lesson has begun.