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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories

    The focus of this photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Steve Jerden, is the former Farmers & Merchants Bank, at the northeast corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

    The building currently at that location, the former home of a second Farmers & Merchants Bank and First Bank, now serves as Vandalia City Hall.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Vandalia made 13 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter for a 66-55 win over St. Elmo in the regional finals. It was Vandalia’s first regional victory in five years.
    Randy Heckert of St. Elmo and Brian Kern of Vandalia earned all-state honorable mention status in the AP Class A All-State Poll.
    Dixon Ticonderoga was in the process of closing its Vandalia warehouse, resulting in the loss of about six jobs locally.
    Don Funk was promoted from director of operations to vice president of Benner-Nawman Inc.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This boy is very athletic and gets along great with others, and the girl is a young bride looking forward to having a family.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl always wanted her curls brushed out. She enjoys reading and church, has lots of cousins and has gardening, painting and baking as hobbies.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – The Vandalia City Council approved a 2-percent hotel/motel tax to help fund local tourism efforts.
    School administration rehired by the Vandalia School District were: Larry Bennett, superintendent; Jeff Endres, business manager/treasurer; Bob McAllister, Bill LaDage, Gale Meseke, Don Holtcamp and Rod Deem, building principals; and Darrell Fesser, Okaw Area Vocational Center director.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Sherry Smith-Stanford posted on Vandalia Memories this photo from Vandalia Remembered, printed during Vandalia's 175th anniversary.

    The photo, which was taken in the mid-1910s, shows Hausmann Corner, the northwest corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets. In Vandalia's capital days, that corner housed Charter's Hotel, an inn used by state legislators, including Abraham Lincoln. In the background of the photo at right is the cupola that sat atop the Masonic building on Fourth Street.

  • Relatives tell the Stephen Wright story

    I was surprised and thrilled to receive a call from Jessie Neathery of Greenville in response to my story about Newton Coffey, published in this newspaper two weeks ago.

  • Good luck, Wrestlers!

    It's pretty commonplace for Vandalia Community High School wrestlers to make the trek to Champaign for the state finals. But that doesn't make their accomplishments any less fantastic.
    Five of wrestlers, along with coach Jason Clay and assistants Matt Shroyer and Alex Foster, are heading to the University of Illinois State Farm Center this Thursday to square off with other top wrestlers in the state.
    Then, the team competes for another trip to the state team finals in Bloomington.