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Today's Opinions

  • John Kurtz and wireless transmissions

    The headline of the article “The Wizard of Vandalia” in the Jan. 30, 1908, issue of The Vandalia Union caught my attention. I have mentioned before that the local newspaper is one of my favorite sources of subjects for this column.

  • Voice your opinion on alcohol in parks

    At recent meetings, Vandalia Park District commissioners have discussed a request to allow alcohol at softball fields as a way of enticing more teams to come to Vandalia. The discussion has expanded to include allowing alcohol in the parks for such things as special events and reunions.
    Last Thursday, the park district board agreed to hold a public hearing on the issue. That hearing has been set for 6 p.m. in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This building on North Eighth Street, just north of Interstate 70, was the home of Vandalia's Coca-Cola bottling plant. After Vandalia's Photo Day in 1985, it became the home of Waggoners' Trucking.

  • Taking Santa Ana's leg

    In the Feb. 19 edition of this newspaper, I wrote about Stephen White whose parents settled at a place known as New Boston or “White Town” in Northern Bond County in about 1816.

    Stephen was born there in 1818 and lived to be 103 years old. A few years before his death in 1921 he shared some of his experiences as a soldier during the Mexican War with a reporter from the Greenville newspaper.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Dale ‘Pete’ Burnam was elected governor of Lions District I-L at the district convention held in Effingham. Burnam had 23 years of perfect attendance in the Vandalia club.
    A 60-inch story in the Chicago Tribune featured Frogtown correspondent Mary Peyton Meyer, who had been covering that area since 1921.
    About 600 attended Woolsey Bros. Farm Supply’s appreciation dinner.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: The woman in this photo, which was taken in the 1940s, has lived in Vandalia most of her life.

  • Vandalia Memories

    The former A&W Root Beer stand, which was located on North Eighth Street south of Dairy Queen, is shown above.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – A minor earthquake measuring between 3.4 and 4.0 on the Richter Scale woke many Fayette County residents from their sleep.
    VI Enterprises closed its hat manufacturing plant in Vandalia.
    About 450 teens attended Teen Aid V at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

    30 Years Ago

    1985 – About 70 people turned out to “Meet the Candidates” who were running for city offices in Vandalia.