Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The brothers in this photo, taken 44 years ago, were born and reared in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia Community High School. One is retired from banking and lives north of here; the other is retired from an oil company and lives in another state.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – A big crowd turned out on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 25, to welcome home the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team, the new state champions in Class A.
    South Central won the Class A Regional Tournament in St. Elmo, defeating Patoka, 80-55, in the championship game.
    Judge Harold Pennock III of Centralia took under advisement a request for a new trial for Stuart Heaton of Bluff City. Heaton was convicted the year before of murdering 16-year-old Krystal Lynn Naab of rural Ramsey.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The story of Abe and Ann Rutledge

    Ann Rutledge was born on Jan. 7, 1813, in Henderson, Ky., the third of 10 children of James and Mary Miller Rutledge. In 1829, her father, along with John M. Cameron, founded New Salem in Illinois.

  • Congratulations to our athletes

    It's a good time to be a Vandal and a Vandal fan.
    The seventh-grade boys basketball team at Vandalia Junior High School wrapped up an outstanding season by finishing fourth in the state tournament last Thursday.
    Seven of the Vandalia Community High School wrestlers  advanced to the individual state tournament through their efforts at the sectional tournament on Saturday.
    The VCHS boys continued on their end-of-the-season hot streak with a convincing win on Friday night.

  • Sports provides an economic boost to the community

    Many don’t seem to realize that any type of organized activities, especially sports is critical to the economics of our community, whether it is a youth baseball game, high school sports, car shows, Lincoln Festival and so forth.
    All these activities help to drive tourism, to bring money into this town. And as a community, we (all) need to support these activities. With the dying off of businesses in our state, we have to look for other ways to drive money into this community.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The livery stables in early Vandalia

    In Vandalia’s early years, the livery stable played an essential part in the fabric of the community. Our early inns, such as Maddox House and Charter Hotel, both had a stable and their rate list was for both man and beast.