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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: In a photo taken in the 1940s are these three brothers who moved to Vandalia when the family purchased an existing business, one that's heard from daily.

  • Take in Vandalia's Olde Tyme Christmas

    Ready or not, it’s upon us – the start of the holiday season.
    Various organizations are joining with Vandalia’s downtown merchants to kick off the season with Olde Tyme Christmas this Friday night.
    It’s the time for our downtown merchants to showcase their wares and the opportunity for local residents to see all of the holiday gifts that are available right in our hometown.

  • Maurice Etcheson told his WWII story

    A few weeks ago, Ron and Sue Etcheson loaned me a scrapbook begun by Ron’s mother at the time her husband entered the service during World War II.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, dated 1916, shows the Charters Hotel, which was located at the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets, the spot currenly occupied by Old Capitol View Restaurant.

    In Vandalia's capital days, legislators stayed in this hotel. In the background of the photo is the cupola of the Masonic building.

     

  • Iles help set up Springfield as capital

    In the past, I have written about a German visitor, Frederick Gustorf, who visited Vandalia in 1835. He traveled the National Road and found Vandalia with a population of 800 “unchanged since it was founded fifteen years ago.”

  • City extends condolences, praises those responding

    Editor,
    Shortly before 7 p.m. on Thursday, tragedy struck in downtown Vandalia, as an SUV carrying a mother and her four children were struck by an eastbound train. This resulted in the death of the mother and three of the children, ages 18, 13, and 10. The fourth child was airlifted from Fayette County Hospital for medical treatment.
    An estimated 2,000 people were lined up along Gallatin Street for the annual Lions Club Halloween Parade, an event that has been in downtown Vandalia for 70-plus years.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1994 – Fire destroyed the retail section of Leo Brown Lumber Co. Owner Gary Brown announced plans to rebuild.
    The University of Illinois basketball team held a scrimmage game in Vandalia, which was attended by more than 2,700 fans. Coach Lou Henson and his wife Mary, autographed copies of Henson’s new book.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 –Unemployment in Fayette County decreased from 12.5 percent in August to 11.6 in September, according to a report from Job Services of Illinois.