Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl, shown in a photo taken early in 1964, lives in Vandalia, has three children and currently works at a local doctor's office.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  A Brownstown youth, 16-year-old Presley Gilbert “Gibby” Cannon, drowned in a rural Brownstown lake.
    Jim Edgar, Illinois Secretary of State and the Republican candidate for governor, attended a fundraising dinner at Vandalia Lake. The cajun dinner raised more than $30,000.
    Jo Collins was elected president of Vandalia Business and Professional Women’s Club.
    First National Bank of Vandalia celebrated its 125th birthday.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Some women went to the big city

    The traditional beginning of the Easterday family takes us back to the time of Martin Luther, the late 1400s to early 1500s.

  • Happy Anniversary

    It's been five years since Kathy Schultz got the idea of using Facebook to help preserve Vandalia's history in photographs.
    Little did Schultz know just how well received that Facebook page, Vandalia Memories, would become or just how many would join with her in that effort.
    Today, there are 88 albums containing hundreds and hundreds of photos that show Vandalia's past, with many of those photos previously unseen by many of us in the community.

  • Join the fight against cancer

    There isn't a person who hasn't suffered the effects of cancer, either directly or through the attack of the disease on a family member or friend. The fight to beat the disease has been a long and hard one, one that will continue until a cure can be found.
    Locally, a big part of that fight is the annual Relay for Life, where loved ones who lost the fight are remembered, where survivors are honored and where the community comes together to raise funds for the fight.

  • Some women went to the big city

    Last week, while looking through a box that I had packed away some years back, I found a recipe box full of recipes that had belonged to my Aunt Frieda Torbeck.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Now the home of Allen's Furniture, at the southeast corner of Fourth and Gallatin streets, this building was the home of Star Store.

    The photo was found by Vandalia Memories Administrator Kathy Schultz as she looked through 1910-12 copies of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook.