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Today's Opinions

  • Research finds Bowling Jones' grave

    Bowling Green was a village founded by Bowling Jones and located in Section 31 of Bowling Green Township. Some say it was named for him, while others maintain it was named for Bowling Green, Ky.  

  • Our disasters include tornadoes, quakes

    Visiting last week with my sister, Sandy, our conversation turned to earthquakes.
    Sandy left Illinois, and its accompanying earthquakes and tornadoes, when she was 18. She married James “Zeke” Sampson, a Navy man, and he took her to the world of hurricanes and rapid deployment.
    After living in Norfolk, Va., where she witnessed several hurricanes and had her first son, the family was stationed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico, with its tropical depressions and daily 3 p.m. deluges.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago
    1989 – Brooke File, a Vandalia Community High School junior, was crowned homecoming queen.
    Scott Smith of St. Elmo won the IHSA Regional Golf Tournament at Robinson for the second straight year. The St. Elmo golf team made school history by advancing to the sectional for the first time. In addition to Smith, other top scorers were Randy Heckert, Matt Weaber and Anthony Ireland.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young woman was born and reared in Vandalia. She married a Vandalia fellow, and they have two children.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These cousins were reared in Ramsey. One now lives in Vandalia and the other lives in Belleville.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Blood tests were no longer required for Fayette County and Illinois couples planning to get married. The state legislature repealed the mandatory premarital AIDS and blood testing.
    Mayor Rich Walker announced Vandalia would be getting a 60-room Days Inn.
    Vandalia Community High School’s No. 1 girls doubles tennis team of Beth Herrington and Kim Lotz won first place in doubles at the Centralia Orphan Annie Invitational Tournament.

    30 Years Ago

  • Old state cemetery has five effigy stones

    Since early this year there has been a pink telephone call Post-it note tacked to the bulletin board at the Vandalia Statehouse announcing the scheduled arrival of an Angie Johnson of the Association for Gravestone Studies, along with members of her group, on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 9:30 a.m.