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Today's Opinions

  • Proving that Lincoln is a relative

    This past weekend my granddaughters, Amy and Kaylee, came with their daddy for a visit to grandma’s house. As we sat around the supper table, the girls told me that the kids at their school (they’re second-graders) did not believe they were related to Abraham Lincoln.

  • Proving that Lincoln is a relative

    This past weekend my granddaughters, Amy and Kaylee, came with their daddy for a visit to grandma’s house. As we sat around the supper table, the girls told me that the kids at their school (they’re second-graders) did not believe they were related to Abraham Lincoln.

  • Washington and other early schools

    While looking through back issues of The Vandalia Union, I came across an article that rather surprised me. The subject of the article was the demolition of Washington School, which was scheduled to begin April 23, 1940.

  • Hard work paying off

    Vandalia wrestlers Dalton Blankenship and Kendrick Woolsey are perfect examples of the "perseverance and hard work" that coach Jason Clay talks about when he explains the success of this year's grapplers.
    Just a week and a half after sustaining bruised ribs, Blankenship returned to the mat to give his team some very important points.
    Woolsey, facing an opponent who had already beaten him twice this season, provided the sectional-clinching points by edging that opponent in a hotly contested overtime match.

  • Vandalia Memories

    The focus of this photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Steve Jerden, is the former Farmers & Merchants Bank, at the northeast corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

    The building currently at that location, the former home of a second Farmers & Merchants Bank and First Bank, now serves as Vandalia City Hall.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Vandalia made 13 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter for a 66-55 win over St. Elmo in the regional finals. It was Vandalia’s first regional victory in five years.
    Randy Heckert of St. Elmo and Brian Kern of Vandalia earned all-state honorable mention status in the AP Class A All-State Poll.
    Dixon Ticonderoga was in the process of closing its Vandalia warehouse, resulting in the loss of about six jobs locally.
    Don Funk was promoted from director of operations to vice president of Benner-Nawman Inc.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This boy is very athletic and gets along great with others, and the girl is a young bride looking forward to having a family.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl always wanted her curls brushed out. She enjoys reading and church, has lots of cousins and has gardening, painting and baking as hobbies.