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Today's Opinions

  • The Lincolns are returning to town

    In a little more than a week, Vandalia will be host to the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Presenters annual convention. Vandalia’s own “Abe,” Lewis Clymer is this year’s host being joined by his daughter, Joy, in welcoming the Lincoln Presenters. In fact, the entire town is getting in on the action.

  • Parks forum is Thursday

    Do you have a strong opinion on whether the Vandalia Park District should allow the presence of alcohol at softball games and special events in the city's parks? If so, next Thursday is the time to voice those opinions.
    The park district is holding a public hearing on the issue at 6 p.m. next Thursday in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These siblings grew up in Vandalia and Brownstown. The sister works in Vandalia, and both of the brothers are employed by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Kathy Schultz, administrator of Vandalia Memories, posted this 1955 photo from The Vandalia Leader and Union of the Tri City Grocery when the store opened.

    The building was later a Save-A-Lot store, and it now is part of the First National Bank in downtown Vandalia.

  • Vandalia and the Underground RR

    As many who read this column know, some of my free time is spent as a volunteer at the old state capitol in Vandalia. Last week, the site superintendent, Steve Riddle, told me of a “Network to Freedom” project he had recently heard of that is underwritten by the National Park Service.

  • Pinnacle growth good news for St. Elmo, region

    Given our state’s current climate, it’s almost impossible for any community in Illinois – especially smaller ones – to land a sizeable number of manufacturing jobs. But St. Elmo has done just that.
    That community, working with state and county officials, and touting the ethic of its current work force, has encouraged Pinnacle Foods to more than double the number of employees at its St. Elmo facility.

  • Vandalia Memories

    After a post on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page started a discussion about Henry's, which was located at the northeast corner of Eighth Street and Veterans Avenue, members were asking for a photo of the restaurant. Kathy Schultz, one of the page administrators, found this found in a 1976 issue of the Vandalois, the Vandalia Community High School yearbook.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: These are four big-haired besties graduated from Vandalia Community High School in 1989.