Today's Opinions

  • Weather a big plus for the Grande Levée

    Probably the biggest advantage to holding the Grande Levée on Father’s Day weekend for more than four decades was that it was easy for both local residents and tourists to keep the event on their calendars.
    But the 42nd period celebration on the grounds of Illinois’ oldest capitol proved that moving the date is really not that big of a deal.
    This year’s Grande Levée is drawing rave reviews, mostly because of the weather.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 15, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man being sought for the murder of Greenville attorney,  Tom Meyer, fled from authorities after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the offices of LeFevre, Zeman, Oldfield & Lawinger.
    Megan Schukar was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School. Foreign exchange student Bogdan Leshchinskiy was crowned king.
    Former Vandalia Community High School principal, teacher and coach Bob McAllister, died after a battle with cancer.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 22, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two young people were members of the Class of 1961.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 22, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two young people were members of the Class of 1961.

  • FCHD teaches children about 'good grief'

    Many of us, as adults, struggle through difficult times when we lose a loved one. Imagine what it’s like for a child, especially one who has not previously experienced the loss of a parent, grandparent or friend.
    The Fayette County Health Department’s hospice employees and volunteers have come up with a way to help children understand and deal with the death of loved ones.
    On Saturday, Oct. 1, the hospice workers and volunteers will present “Good Grief,” a day full of activities and sessions geared toward youth ages 18 and under.

  • Enjoy the fun at Grande Levée, Corn Day

    Take one popular downtown festival and move it from the scorching heat of summer to the cooler days of fall. Then add to it another popular downtown festival.
    What do you get?
    Exactly what Vandalia has to offer this Friday and Saturday – the annual Grande Levée on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds and the continuation of our Corn Day Festival in the downtown area.

  • Isham Reavis' grave marked in ceremony

    On Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, the Kaskaskia Chapter of the U.S. Daughters of the War of 1812 officiated at a grave-marking ceremony at Edwards Cemetery in Seminary Township honoring the service of Isham Reavis, a veteran of the War of 1812.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 15, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two members of the class of VCHS class of 1966 will be holding their reunion soon.