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Today's Opinions

  • Murals add character to Vandalia downtown district

    If youre like most of us, youve probably done a double-take at the newest residents of downtown Vandalia.

    Lets see, theres a young boy playing with a puppy, a woman in a floor-length white dress descending a stairway and the newcomer a man with an old-fashioned bicycle, the kind with a huge front wheel.

    They dont get around much. In fact, you can see them in the same place day after day.

    No need to call the police to disperse these loiterers, though.

  • Halloween a good time to tell ghost stories

    During my recent travels, I picked up a book titled, "Ghosthunting Illinois" by John B. Kachuba.

    The stories were short and there were lots of pictures, so I figured it would be good reading material as we wended our way back home again.

    After reading some of the ghost stories in Kachubas book, I remembered some of the stories that I had heard down through the years. It is Halloween, after all, and this is as good a time as any to retell them.

  • Work session brings all parties together

    Those who are involved in making decisions on improvements to Vandalias downtown business district were given a lot of information to digest on Monday night. They now have the challenge of sifting through that information and reaching a consensus on what improvements, if any, will be made.

    During the Vandalia City Councils work session, representatives of the citys consulting engineers, HMG Engineers, explained their beliefs on why the city has had nothing but bad luck in bidding out the downtown improvement project.