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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This young lady graduated from high school in 1970, and now works to help our county run better. She's also a great neighbor, too.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This young girl was born and reared in Vandalia, and she still lives here, working as a registered nurse. Both of her parents live in Vandalia, and she has a brother.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Ed Mills was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “Friend of Basketball.” The VCHS basketball scorekeeper for 45 years was honored prior to the Vandalia-Pana basketball game.
    Wrestlers John Durbin, Greg Emerick, John Swain, Tim Smith and Ray Rees advanced to the wrestling sectional after qualifying in the Litchfield Regional.

  • Rail crossing plans not good

    Editor,
    I was asked to attend the special meeting at Vandalia City Hall concerning the railroad crossings, because I live on Sixth Street, which would be affected by the proposal offered to Vandalia.
    Of course, I am opposed to making Sixth Street one way, because I own property on it, but I am also opposed to any street changes that decrease the efficiency of our city and the loss of business and property values by those affected by these street changes.
    When I got to city hall, I was under the impression that we would be offered two plans.

  • Vandalia Memories

    With the high school basketball season nearing an end, here's a look at the scorer's table years ago. From left to right are Ed Mills, Charles "Chick" Lawler, Bill Brown.

  • Coffey one of first Montgomery settlers

    During my search into the early roots of my son’s family tree, I have often bumped up against Newton Coffey, although never connected with him.

  • Abe winners show the value of volunteers

    The two individuals who received an Abe Award from the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce last Thursday truly represent what that award is all about.
    Carl Rhodes and Linda Hanabarger are both well-known in the community and it is because of their volunteer work.
    Since he and his wife, Pat, moved to Vandalia about eight years ago, Rhodes has helped lead programs to help veterans, including the establishment of a Veterans' Outreach Center, which focuses primarily on helping those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder issues.

  • Post 95 asks for public's help to keep Legion Hall

    Editor,