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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories

    The photo above was taken when fire destroyed the five-story Evans Hotel in 1969. The hotel, with the Abe Lincoln Cafe on the first floor, was located at the northwest corner of Fifth and Gallatin streets.

  • Peter Blair an early merchant

    F.M. Bolt, a former editor of The Ramsey News-Journal, contributed stories to his hometown newspaper on a regular basis. Over the years, I have looked at many back issues of the News-Journal on microfilm, and when I came across a Bolt article, I would print a copy and add it to my file.

  • Participate in Cleanup Week

    You know all of that unusable and unwanted stuff that you have accumulated in your garage or basement? Now is the time to dig it out and get rid of it.
    Vandalia’s annual Cleanup Week begins on Monday and runs through Friday.
    The city of Vandalia offers Cleanup Week to give residents a chance to get rid of those unwanted items that are not normally picked up by trash crews.
    Those items should be placed alongside your regular trash on your regular trash pickup day.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These three sisters are from the Woodyard area. One lives in Chicago, one lives in Tennessee and one lives in Brownstown.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Kyle Barker uploaded to Vandalia Memories on Facebook this photo of Flack's Hotel.

    In 1836, Col. Robert Flack took over the the three-story frame building and operated it under the name of Vandalia inn. The building originally stood at the southeast corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets and was later moved a block south to Johnson Street.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Representatives of several Vandalia businesses participated in Vandalia Night ceremonies at Busch Stadium.
    Jeremy Miselbrook and Jill Neal were crowned king and queen at the South Central High School prom.
    Fayette County Hospital received state-of-the-art mammography equipment.

  • Relatives tell about Bosco Sears

    I can still remember the way she said the name Bosco Sears and then shuddered.
    I was visiting with Bernice Spires, in Bingham when her 90-year old brother, Wilbur Meyer, stopped for a visit. Uncle Wilbur had made the acquaintance of some long-lost Sears relatives in Bond County and had come to tell Grandma of his findings.
    The talk continued on to other Sears’ relatives, and then she said the name as if dredged up from a long-distant memory – “Bosco Sears – ooh, I was afraid of him. He was mean.”

  • 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.