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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago
    1989 – Brooke File, a Vandalia Community High School junior, was crowned homecoming queen.
    Scott Smith of St. Elmo won the IHSA Regional Golf Tournament at Robinson for the second straight year. The St. Elmo golf team made school history by advancing to the sectional for the first time. In addition to Smith, other top scorers were Randy Heckert, Matt Weaber and Anthony Ireland.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young woman was born and reared in Vandalia. She married a Vandalia fellow, and they have two children.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These cousins were reared in Ramsey. One now lives in Vandalia and the other lives in Belleville.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Blood tests were no longer required for Fayette County and Illinois couples planning to get married. The state legislature repealed the mandatory premarital AIDS and blood testing.
    Mayor Rich Walker announced Vandalia would be getting a 60-room Days Inn.
    Vandalia Community High School’s No. 1 girls doubles tennis team of Beth Herrington and Kim Lotz won first place in doubles at the Centralia Orphan Annie Invitational Tournament.

    30 Years Ago

  • Old state cemetery has five effigy stones

    Since early this year there has been a pink telephone call Post-it note tacked to the bulletin board at the Vandalia Statehouse announcing the scheduled arrival of an Angie Johnson of the Association for Gravestone Studies, along with members of her group, on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 9:30 a.m.

  • Capture shows value of teamwork

    Just last week in this space, we talked about the value of the various law enforcement entities building camaradrie and training together.
    This week, we saw how that pays off.
    Monday afternoon, an inmate escaped from Vandalia Correctional Center, and within a short time, numerous entities responded to a call for help.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fire destroyed the Ronald Daisley home in rural Vandalia.
    Tom Diveley of Vandalia was named Sandoval’s postmaster.
    Arcola’s powerhouse football team crushed Vandalia 44-0.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 –  The Fayette County United Fund Board of Directors set the 1984-85-campaign goal at $32,875. Seventeen agencies, two more than the previous  year, will receive funds from this year’s drive was Ernie Chappel.