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Today's Opinions

  • You did us proud!

    Vandalia's people were asked to give a big and hearty welcome to the Association of Lincoln Presenters, and boy, did you!
    The activities throughout the weekend were well planned, and local residents turned out to be a part of the festivities, including the parade down Gallatin Street.
    How well did Vandalia perform as a host? The president of the ALP recently sent a letter to the city offering thanks for a job well done.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Frogtown correspondent Mary Peyton Meyer was a big hit on “The Tonight Show.”
    Burglars entered Jane Isbell Jewelry at about 5 a.m. Monday, doing about $4,000 in damage and stealing several thousand dollars worth of items. One of the alleged burglars was apprehended on I-70, about two miles east of Vandalia.
    Thirty-four relatives and friends attended the induction of Edward W. Mills into the IBCA Hall of Fame at Illinois State University in Normal.

  • Eliza Browning and the Lincolns

    Many of Abraham Lincoln’s “firsts” happened in Vandalia: his first legislative office; his first public protest against slavery; his first challenge to duel (by fiery William Lee Davidson Ewing); and his first, long-lasting friendship, with a lady, Eliza Browning.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Bill Davis uploaded to Vandalia Memories this photo of one of the previous bridges over the Kaskaskia River.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –Walter and Viola Meseke celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Nineteen VCHS students were inducted into the National Honor Society.
    Morrison Excavating placed first in the women’s volleyball league tournament and also won the regular season competition.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This photo of these two girls from the Bayle City area was taken about 50 years ago. One of them now lives in Greenville and the other in Texas.

  • Public input has value

    Twice in recent weeks have we seen local residents take advantage of an opportunity to let their voices be heard. And on Monday night, we saw how citizens’ input can pay dividends.
    The Vandalia City Council on Monday approved an agreement with the Illinois Commerce Commission on changes for downtown rail crossings.
    And while Mayor Rick Gottman and city aldermen played key roles in getting the best possible solution, the opinions of local residents were a factor.

  • Nadine returns to Fayette County on Saturday

    Nadine, the comedienne “Church Lady” on the RFD TV show “Larry’s Country Diner” has become a familiar “face” in Fayette County, and she is returning this Saturday evening to visit with friends she has made here. And she always likes to make new ones.