Today's Opinions

  • Join the fight against cancer

    There isn't a person who hasn't suffered the effects of cancer, either directly or through the attack of the disease on a family member or friend. The fight to beat the disease has been a long and hard one, one that will continue until a cure can be found.
    Locally, a big part of that fight is the annual Relay for Life, where loved ones who lost the fight are remembered, where survivors are honored and where the community comes together to raise funds for the fight.

  • Some women went to the big city

    Last week, while looking through a box that I had packed away some years back, I found a recipe box full of recipes that had belonged to my Aunt Frieda Torbeck.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Now the home of Allen's Furniture, at the southeast corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets, this building was the home of Star Store.

    The photo was found by Vandalia Memories Administrator Kathy Schultz as she looked through 1910-12 copies of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Twenty “Vandalia” banners were purchased by Soroptimist International of Vandalia, with help from local organizations, businesses and individuals. They were to be hung from street lights along Gallatin and South Fourth streets. The banners featured the Vandalia Statehouse and an outline of the bottom portion of Illinois in white on a blue background with some red trim.
    The Vandalia City Council organized a seven-member tourism council.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This "premie" will turn the Big 3-0 in June. He has lived in Fayette County all of his life, and he still loves wrestling, football and fishing. He is the youngest of three boys.

  • Many stories at the Statehouse

    As an interpreter at the Vandalia Statehouse, there is a wealth of known history to share with our visitors; however, the unknown is intriguing.
    Much happened within the walls of this historic building that we do not know about, and the personalities who made Vandalia home for the months of the legislative session were many.
    Enter Archibald Williams of Quincy, a self-made lawyer from Kentucky, who would become Lincoln’s fast friend. Williams was said to have had a physical resemblance to Lincoln, and rivaled him in homeliness.

  • Dog park good as long as the rules are followed

    The Vandalia Park District has teamed up with Second Chance Animal Rescue to provide a nice benefit to our community – a dog park.
    The south end of Madison Street Park is now a fenced-in area where local residents can take their dogs for fun and exercise.
    Dog parks have proven to be well-received and well-used in other communities, and, hopefully, the same will be true in Vandalia. From comments made in recent months, many are looking forward to take advantage of the park.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble uploaded to Vandalia Memories this old postcard of the current home of First National Bank at Fifth and Gallatin streets. As you can see, at the time this postcard was circulated, the bank was inside the Dieckman Hotel.