Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Zent Drive was home of Jeremiah Zent

    Have you ever wondered why, when they got around to naming the roads near Vandalia Lake, the main road snaking over what locals refer to as “Thrill Hill” was named Zent Drive?
    As with many of Vandalia’s streets, it was named for a family whose settlement here was important to the area. But unlike other street designations, Jeremiah Zent settled near the road that would later bear his name.

  • FAYCO needs our help to expand recycling

    Nearly two years ago, FAYCO Enterprises launched a recycling program that has allowed Vandalia area residents the opportunity to responsibly dispose of a higher percentage of their trash.
    Now, FAYCO has an opportunity to expand its recycling operation. And local residents – as they have for the past two years – can play a part in that expansion.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Shane Graumenz and Susan Koonce were crowned king and queen at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
    Acting on a request from the Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District, the South Central School District was initiating participation in the Outdoor Classroom program. Members of the Science Club and Future Farmers of America were planting grasses and trees on land west of Interstate 57.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two sisters, pictured about 38 years ago, now work in businesses in Vandalia. One is a bookkeeper for a local business and one works for a local doctor. One is celebrating a birthday this week.