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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia and the Underground RR

    As many who read this column know, some of my free time is spent as a volunteer at the old state capitol in Vandalia. Last week, the site superintendent, Steve Riddle, told me of a “Network to Freedom” project he had recently heard of that is underwritten by the National Park Service.

  • Pinnacle growth good news for St. Elmo, region

    Given our state’s current climate, it’s almost impossible for any community in Illinois – especially smaller ones – to land a sizeable number of manufacturing jobs. But St. Elmo has done just that.
    That community, working with state and county officials, and touting the ethic of its current work force, has encouraged Pinnacle Foods to more than double the number of employees at its St. Elmo facility.

  • Vandalia Memories

    After a post on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page started a discussion about Henry's, which was located at the northeast corner of Eighth Street and Veterans Avenue, members were asking for a photo of the restaurant. Kathy Schultz, one of the page administrators, found this found in a 1976 issue of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These are four big-haired besties graduated from Vandalia Community High School in 1989.

  • Lee the last link to Vandalia's infancy

    When Benjamin Franklin Lee took his last breath on Dec. 22, 1916, the last living link that connected the infancy of Vandalia to the present matured city was broken.

  • Memories page keeps our town's history alive

    It’s yet another way of preserving our community’s history, although that’s not its main purpose. It was created to be a forum through which memories of our community can be shared.
    Almost five years after Kathy Schultz started the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook, that page has about 1,700 members, with many of those members sharing old photos that look back over the years.
    On that Facebook page, members can recall their childhoods … and who doesn’t enjoy that?

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The young boy in this photo has four sisters, and he is good at numbers.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Jim Staff was inducted into the Greenville College Hall of Fame.
    Dr. Brian Dossett announced he would be opening a family practice in Vandalia in August. His wife, Laura, is a registered nurse.
    Brownstown High School students were getting ready to present “The Wizard of Oz.”

    30 Years Ago