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Today's Opinions

  • Celebrate safely this weekend

    The Fourth of July is a celebration of our country’s independence that always includes gathering of friends and family, community festivals and, in general, a lot of summer fun.
    Unfortunately, many times it also includes injuries due to unsafe use of consumer fireworks.
    As area residents prepare for the three-day holiday weekend, the Office of the State Fire Marshal is urging everyone to leave the fireworks to the professionals trained to handle them.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Taken in 1937, this photo shows four children of a local minister who started the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Jeanne Gustafson was named interim economic development director for the city of Vandalia.
    Dave Bell won the 10K run held in conjunction with the Grande Levée.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Jim Kelly and Anna Ruth Kains retired from the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors. They were presented plaques by Chairman John Daniels. Marie Bristow of Vandalia and Elbert Finley Jr. of Ramsey replaced Kelly and Kains.

  • Vandalia postmaster warns of fraudulent emails

    Editor,
    Are you receiving emails from the Postal Service about missing a package delivery? Does the email, which claims to be from the USPS, include a label with fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery?
    If so, don’t open the email, because it may contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your computer.
    The emails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery.

  • Resident speaks out against Circle K's request for liquor

    Editor,
    I just finished reading about the city council meeting in the June 19 issue of the paper.
    I am thankful for these aldermen who expressed concerns about Circle K’s request.
    Quote – “The intent of (Circle K) is to not sell alcohol.” Yet, Mr. Stanisz states that his plan includes selling one type of beer, charging $8 (per cup) and limiting each customer to one in a 24-hour period, and the staff will “self-police and self-report, plus a range of dollars the city would receive in revenue.
    Lots of unanswered questions!

  • Hickman told about life in the 1860s

    In 1914, The Vandalia Union celebrated its 50th anniversary by inviting readers to write reminiscences for publication in an anniversary issue. Many people took the editor up on the invitation, including Cynthia Luster Hickman.

    Mrs. Hickman lived on the 400 block of North First Street, and her home stands today a beautiful representative of the Queen Anne style of architecture. Kyle Barker is the current owner.
    She remembered that after the gold rush, men did not carry pocket books; they carried sacks full of gold, William Lee and Jake Albert included.

  • Residents show support for pool

    A politician once said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In Vandalia, it can be said, “It takes a community to save its pool.”
    And, that is what’s happening here, with local residents responding to the efforts of Manager Lisa Robbins and the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff to keep that facility afloat.
    In less than a year, the pool staff has raised just under $18,000 through various fundraisers and donations.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This team of local athletes was the champion of the men's fastpitch softball league in 1988. All but one of them were reared in Fayette County.