Today's Opinions

  • Congratulations to area athletes

    It's the time of year to step up. It's the time when champions rise to the challenges and leaders lead.
    And that's exactly what we've seen recently from athletes at Vandalia Community High School.
    Members of the wrestling team and the boys basketball team have shown such strength of character as they've competed in recent days.
    Five wrestlers qualified for the state individual tournament, with Levi Ulmer coming home with a fifth-place medal. And Tuesday night, the squad pulled out a close match with Herrin to return to state as a team.

  • Persistance may pay off with intake

    Understandably, the city of Vandalia has kept a close watch on its spending the past couple of years. That has meant delaying some needed infrastructure projects.
    But one city alderman is making sure that one of those projects, the Kaskaskia River intake, is not forgotten.
    Terry Beesley announced at Tuesday’s city council meeting that, as a way of getting something done with the intake, he has contacted every state agency he could think of, looking for some type of free assistance.

  • Letter to the Editor

    This is a letter to any parent who has or had a student at Vandalia Community High School. First, a couple definitions:
    Handbook – “A concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location.”
    Guideline – “A recommended practice that allows some discretion or leeway in its interpretation, implementation or use.”

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Main Street Board of Directors went to the Vandalia City Council to request $15,000, with the money to be used as startup funds for the program.
    Eleven members of the Vandalia wrestling team advanced to the individual sectional tournament. Of the 11, six won regional titles – Shane Graumenz, Michael Mabry, Hank Stout, Nathan Graumenz, Chad Wilson and Nick Cocagne.
    Gilbert Olive was installed is worshipful master of Vandalia Temperance Lodge No. 16, A.F.&A.M.

  • Memories on tape preserve tale of family

    First off, I would like to thank all those who read this column and share with me their enjoyment of the stories that are told here. Many times, more facets of the stories I share come forward and become, as one popular commentator put it, "the rest of the story."

  • Company must produce results

    Though no one on the Vandalia City Council could recall any prospects produced for Vandalia by a Texas business recruiting company, the council last week unanimously voted to continue for one more year its relationship with Site Location Partnership.
    We can't fault the council for trying to lure businesses here. However, we urge them to take a long, hard look at the value provided by the company before extending the contract beyond the year just approved.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – Vicky Perkins of Vernon won $100,000 in the Illinois Lottery.
    Joe Cearlock was president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Other officers were Dave Mahon, treasurer; Kevin Childers, secretary; and Paul Zeman, vice president.
    Vandalia wrestlers John Kaiser, Todd Emerick and Chad Bowers advanced to the Vandalia Sectional after placing in the top three places in regional action Saturday at Litchfield.
    Birth - Kayla Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor of Vandalia.

  • Lincoln's local leap more legend than fact

    According to legend, Abraham Lincoln jumped from a second floor window of the Vandalia Statehouse building to defeat a quorum.