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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 to approve water and sewer rate increases, which averaged about 16 percent.
    The city council voted 6-2 to allow local taverns to have outside beer gardens.
    Arthur and Marie Buchanan of Vandalia planned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Joe and Evelyn Faggetti also planned a golden anniversary celebration.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two youngsters were photographed at the Brownstown Carnival 60 years ago. Today, he farms and she checks out books.

  • Be prepared for changes to trash pickup

    You probably have started seeing bright orange trash containers in different parts of Vandalia. Maybe one of those showed up on the curb in front of your residence; if not, it soon will.
    Those containers are part of the changes being implemented for residential customers of Doty Sanitation Service within the city borders.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

     1996 – The Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool was ready to open after extensive rehabilitation work was completed.
    Reservations were being taken for the second annual Vandalia Community High School alumni banquet.
    A Centralia judge, Harold Pennock III, was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol following an auto accident in Centralia. The accident occurred a little more than an hour after Pennock completed his daily duties on the bench in Fayette County.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in the photo is a graduate of Vandalia Community High School and the University of Illinois. Described as "very personable," he enjoys camera and he helped southern countries through the Peace Corps. He is married and has children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Vandalia's early days as capital

    With Kaskaskia as territorial capitol of the infant state, the first state constitutional convention met on Aug. 18, 1818, and issued a report “relative to a permanent seat of government…” Land was donated from the proprietors of Pope’s Bluff, Hill’s Ferry and Covington.  

  • Beautification group is serious

    Do you think that members of Vandalia's new beautification committee are not serious about doing what they can to improve the appearance of our community? Then you weren't downtown on Monday morning.
    On one of the hottest days so far this summer, a group of women were hard at work, taking decorative blocks from the city parking lot that houses the Little Red Caboose and using them to create plant beds in the other parking lot at that intersection.