Today's Opinions

  • Wrestlers tackle big challenges – and find success

    Two weeks ago, we editorialized about the power of tradition in the ongoing success of the Vandalia Community High School wrestling program.
    Year in and year out, it’s one of the most successful sports at the school. And this year is no exception. Three Vandal athletes placed at last week’s individual state tournament – with Dalton Blankenship fourth at 145 pounds, C.J. Runkel fifth at 160 pounds and Tyler Dagan sixth at 152 pounds.

  • Early Vandalia had saloons, livestock, guns

    In 1914, the editors of The Vandalia Union, in celebration of their 50th anniversary, asked for older residents who remembered the beginning days of the newspaper, to write their memories for publication.
    Many complied with his request, including John T. Wing, son of former county surveyor,  A.H. Wing. In his remembrances, he answered a long-held question of mine: What brought the Wing family to Fayette County?

  • Chief Taylor deserves our gratitude for 35 years of VVFD service

    I hope the citizens of Vandalia, and most importantly, the majority members of Vandalia¹s Volunteer Fire Department, realize how much of a loss they have suffered with the recent change in the chief of the fire department.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Vandalia City Council voted to buy a 1985 Ford van for the Volunteer Fire Department, replacing the rescue truck that was lost through an accident.
    Shirley Harder, St. Elmo home economics teacher, was named teacher of the year at the Illinois Vocational Association’s state meeting.
    Shelley Roberts was named queen of the LaGrove High School Valentine Dance.

    30 Years Ago

  • Roads changed as Fayette County grew

    In 1889, Horatio H. Bingham, the founder of Bingham and its short-lived newspaper, The Bingham Agriculturist, published an article in which he told of an old road that passed near Bingham 50 years before its founding.

  • Broken windows show broken life

    If you’ve driven by the corner of Fifth and Johnson streets in the past few days, you may have noticed a new monument to disrespect and disregard for public property.

  • Happy with status quo? If not, vote on March 18

    Do you like the status quo?
    More than 6,700 state government retirees’ get over $100,000 a year in pension! It’s been going up by 25 percent a year for eight years.
    But the lowly taxpayer who must pay them earns an average of less than $49,000 a year! That’s you and me. Does this make you mad?
    The Democrats' new “pension reform” law does nothing to change this. They control the Illinois house, senate and governor’s office. Do you want to keep them in control on March 18?
    David Schaefer

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1998 or 1999, shows two "cheerleaders" for a Final Four benefit for Vandalia Community High School.