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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Rachel Engel of Farina was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair. Jaida Etcheson won the Little Miss Fayette County competition.
    Brad Horner of Vandalia received a state proficiency award in sheep production.

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – The Vandalia City Council approved a plan to extend Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street. The project estimate was $183,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken 64 years ago in 1948, shows five brothers who grew up in Ramsey.

  • Gov. Reynolds' book recorded state's history

    As a volunteer interpreter at the Vandalia Statehouse, it is my job to relate the story of Vandalia during the years it served as Illinois’ capital, 1819-1839, and of Vandalia's current capitol building, built in 1836.

  • Locked car doors prevent break-ins

    The Vandalia Police Department has reported handling numerous reports of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks. But, in most of those cases, the perpetrators didn’t actually have to break into the vehicles.
    Addressing the Vandalia City Council on Monday night, VPD Sgt. Jeff Ray said that some residents are not making it difficult for criminals to steal their property.
    “With almost every vehicle break-in, the vehicle was unlocked,” Ray said.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture was taken several decades ago in front of the former Steinhauer Grocery Store on Sixth Street in Vandalia.

  • Adopt tree in park to water during drought

    Editor:
    I am writing this to all the citizens of Vandalia who love and respect our city parks as I do.
    I am not usually a person to ask others to do things that I can do myself. However,
    I would like to suggest that we all band together to save the trees in the parks. If everyone would take a few minutes to water their favorite tree (especially the young trees), maybe we can save them from dying during this horrible drought.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The city of Vandalia held a reception to welcome its first city administrator, Ron Niebert. The reception gave residents a chance to meet Neibert and his family.
    The Illinois legislature approved a new law dropping the legal intoxication limit for drivers from 1.0 to 0.8.
    The country band BR5-49 was the main attraction at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    20 Years Ago

  • Ramsey still has a Lustron home

    Considered an icon of the post-World War II conception of the American Dream, the Lustron home has its place on the National Register.