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Today's Opinions

  • Celebrate the Fourth safely

    As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July next Wednesday, it’s more important than ever to celebrate safely.
    Not only do we face the usual dangers related to fireworks, this year’s dry conditions make it extra important that we celebrate safely. And with triple-digit temperatures forecast for the next several days, the dry conditions will only get worse. When things are this dry, it doesn’t take much to get a brush fire started.

  • Banks of the Okaw


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two local women graduated from Miss Hickey's School for Secretaries in 1953.

  • Banks of the Okaw


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two local women graduated from Miss Hickey's School for Secretaries in 1953.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Glenn Poshard, the Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, visited Vandalia.
    In his weekly column, Charles W. Mills wrote about Charles Lindbergh's flight over the Atlantic and his frequent visits to the airport in St. Elmo.
    Counselors at Vandalia Community High School and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce officials joined together for a job shadowing program for high school students.

  • Remembering the heroes of the early 1800s

    Mayor Ricky Gottman recently declared Monday, June 18, as a day that Vandalia will commemorate to remember the men who served in the War of 1812.
    The War of 1812 was actually a continuation of the Revolutionary War fought some 40 years earlier.
    Although America won the day in 1776, the British weren’t done, and organized with the Indians in Canada to keep the fire against the Americans burning.
    In Illinois, Territorial Gov. Ninian Edwards was charged with protecting the settlers throughout the territory.

  • Volunteers needed for our Statehouse

    We all know the value of the Vandalia Statehouse to our community, both for its historic value and the substantial money it brings in for local businesses that serve tourists.
    Over the years, a vital part of the operations at the state's oldest existing capitol has been the local volunteers.
    Those volunteers have, in the past, been most visible at Statehouse events, such as the Grande Levée, Christmas Open House and Lincoln's Birthday observance.
    The volunteers are part of the Friends of the Old State Capitol.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 60 years ago, shows three friends. All three are now retired.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – With power outages in the summer a possibility, Mayor Sandra Leidner was wanting the city of Vandalia to develop an emergency plan.
    At the Vandalia City Council meeting, it was reported that the city's sewer odor problem appeared to be on the mend.
    Victor and Betty Hill of Van-dalia, and Alva and Maxine Lovall of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries. Bill and Marie Durbin were celebrating their 40th anniversary.