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Today's Opinions

  • Good luck, Wrestlers!

    It's pretty commonplace for Vandalia Community High School wrestlers to make the trek to Champaign for the state finals. But that doesn't make their accomplishments any less fantastic.
    Five of wrestlers, along with coach Jason Clay and assistants Matt Shroyer and Alex Foster, are heading to the University of Illinois State Farm Center this Thursday to square off with other top wrestlers in the state.
    Then, the team competes for another trip to the state team finals in Bloomington.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, posted on the Vandalia Memories Faecebook page by Paul Stroble, shows the Ford Bathing Pool, located off of Main Street near the Ford Roofing Plant (now Vandalia Warehouse).

  • Many of Lincoln's first were right here

    This past Sunday afternoon Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, co-sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society and Friends of the Vandalia Statehouse, was celebrated at the Vandalia Statehouse.

  • Promoting our positives

    As he took the reins of chamber president late last month, Todd Stapleton expressed a desire to lead that organization’s efforts to be involved in economic development.
    And, in doing so, Stapleton said, “We need to focus on what we are and what we do have, and quit focusing on the negatives.
    “Sometimes we focus on what we don’t have, what we’re lacking. When you’re positive, you’re working together with what you have, and I think that brings out a positive side for anybody who comes through our community.”

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Lincoln’s life in Vandalia was remembered during a Lincoln’s Birthday program sponsored by the Vandalia Historical Society.
    The Vandalia Optimist Club donated $2,584.06 to the VCHS Lettermen’s Club, the amount representing half of the proceeds made by the club when it hosted the University of Illinois basketball scrimmage.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This young lady graduated from high school in 1970, and now works to help our county run better. She's also a great neighbor, too.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This young girl was born and reared in Vandalia, and she still lives here, working as a registered nurse. Both of her parents live in Vandalia, and she has a brother.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Ed Mills was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “Friend of Basketball.” The VCHS basketball scorekeeper for 45 years was honored prior to the Vandalia-Pana basketball game.
    Wrestlers John Durbin, Greg Emerick, John Swain, Tim Smith and Ray Rees advanced to the wrestling sectional after qualifying in the Litchfield Regional.