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Today's Opinions

  • Worthy Abe winners

    In a tradition started more than 40 years ago, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce has recognized two individuals who have gone the extra mile to help their community. And, as has been the case in past year, this year's recipients of the Abe Award have earned the recognition.
    Charlie Barenfanger has served the city of Vandalia as a member of its police pension board, and Fayette County as a member of the Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors. Those are the types of service that has been visible to others.

  • Woman talks of meeting Lincoln

    One of the earliest residents of Decatur was a woman named Jane Martin Johns. Born on June 28, 1827 in Circleville, Pickaway County, Ohio, she was married on Oct. 29, 1845, in Circleville, to Dr. H.C. Johns.
    In May 1849, by pure chance, which included getting thrown from his horse 10 miles west of Decatur and breaking his collarbone, Dr. Johns chose that place as his new home. He had been on a deer hunt when his horse spooked.

  • Good luck, Vandals

    Two Vandalia teams are in postseason action, one at the first level and one in the second.
    The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team is in Lawrenceville on Saturday, going for its 23rd straight regional title.
    The Vandalia Junior High School eighth-grade boys basketball team defeated Greenville for the IESA Regional title on Tuesday, advancing to the sectional next Wednesday night at Divernon.
    We wish both teams luck as they strive to move forward in postseason play.
    rb
     

  • Too many gaming licenses?

    Editor,
    Two weeks ago, discussion about gaming held during a Vandalia City Council meeting was published in this newspaper. When I read that Vandalia had 16 licenses and Decatur 20, I thought it was a misprint. It was not.  

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister are shown in a photo taken in 1966 at their grandparents' home in Mulberry Grove. She works in downtown Vandalia, and her brother is retired.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – Vicky Perkins of Vernon won $100,000 in the Illinois Lottery.
    Joe Cearlock was president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Other officers were: Dave Mahon, treasurer; Kevin Childers, secretary; and Paul Zeman, vice president.
    Vandalia wrestlers John Kaiser, Todd Emerick and Chad Bowers advanced to the Vandalia Sectional after placing in the top three places in regional action Saturday at Litchfield.
    Birth - Kayla Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor of Vandalia.

  • Making, being part of history

    Would you like to have your image part of our community's presentation to visitors? Vandalia's mural committee is giving you the chance to do just that.
    In quite a unique fundraiser, the committee is selling chances to be one of the people represented in the town's first mural.
    The chance is made possible through a raffle, with tickets for all ages available for $20.
    Buying a ticket not only helps to make the latest beautification project a reality, it gives you a chance to be a part of the final product.
    rb