Today's Opinions

  • Thompson among those with the 'fever'

    They took their name from the year the rush began. On Jan. 24, 1848, James Marshall, while making his daily inspection, discovered gold in the mill race of his employer, John Sutter. The news was told in a short paragraph in the March 15, 1848 issue of The Californian.
    In 1849 alone, it was estimated that 9,000 men traveled the southwestern route by way of Santa Fe, while 22,500 traveled the emigrant tails. St. Joseph and Independence, Mo., as well as Council Bluffs, Iowa, were staging areas for the westward-bound wagon trains.

  • Have a fun – and safe – Halloween

    The Halloween season is upon us, which means that it's time for trick-or-treating, a haunted house and, of course, our largest parade of the year, the Vandalia Lions Club's Halloween parade.
    It's a time to enjoy dressing up in costume, getting all kinds of Halloween treats and enjoying the seasonal decorations created by our local residents.
    But, there are some safety issues that everyone needs to remember, particularly on the night of the parade.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 –  Brent Ellis, 31, joined the Vandalia Police Department as a patrolman, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of “Sonny” Banal.
    Bill Donaldson was the keynote speaker for a Veterans Day program at Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    John Burnam was re-elected president of the Vandalia Board of Education. John Gehrke took a seat on the board, succeeding Calvin Scott.
    Fayette County began a search for a new animal control warden following the resignation of Max Pummill.

  • Vacant lot could give downtown a boost

    On the matter of what to do with the corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets made vacant by the recent building collapse: I have always been interested in our downtown and still am.
    A drive through the area is a bit disheartening. Yes, all small downtowns have some empty buildings, but I believe that we have too many for our downtown’s size.
    I go downtown quite often and attempt to do business with the downtown merchants when I can. It is time and just might be our chance to give our downtown some much-needed attention.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Old postcard has Bingham IOOF

    Some time ago, while in the eastern part of the state, a detour at Marshall took me down U.S. Route 40. This was a thrill, since portions of this highway lay over the original roadbed of the National Road, which to me has a certain fascination.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In this photo, taken in the 1970s, are members of a Ramsey family that lived on a farm. Three of the girls live in Vandalia and another is married and lives in Mulberry Grove. Their brother lives on the Ramsey farm.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This husband and wife, in a photo taken before the 1956 prom at Vandalia Community High School, both graduated from VCHS and the University of Illinois.