Today's Opinions

  • Add to your shopping cart

    When you do your grocery shopping for the next week, we encourage you to pick up a few extra items, food stuffs that would help feed some of our community's children on weekends.
    Since it's inception at the start of this school year, Nourishing Greatness, an arm of the Vandalia ONE initiatve, has quickly grown to the level that it's providing weekend meals for children who might otherwise not get good meals.

  • Christmas downtown in 1904

    In mid-December 1904, editor Lakin of The Vandalia Union took time to walk up and down the principal streets of Vandalia’s downtown, admiring the display windows all decked out for the Christmas season.

  • Cemetery monument finished; ceremony Thursday at 10

    A little over three years ago, I began a project to purchase a stone to mark the graves of 18 people who were placed in unmarked graves when the Vandalia Mausoleum was torn down in 1975. I am happy to report that the stone is now in place and will be dedicated at 10 a.m. this Thursday.

  • Writer supports Brian Stout for Illinois senate seat

    The debate on Thursday evening for the candidates running for office was not always fair.
    Like the one between Brian Stout and Jason Plummer, who are running for state senate.
    Brian was asked to speak first each time. They should have taken turns. Brian should have had the right for a rebuttal, but he did not get to.
    Anyone running for office and to be at a debate should talk about what they hope to do for the area they are running in, not call his opponent names and spread lies, as Plummer did to Stout.

  • Ross served county, state & nation

    In my last column, we were introduced to attorney H.P.H. Bromwell, who ran a newspaper in Vandalia in 1852, went on to join the bar and then became a Fayette County judge. Bromwell moved to Denver, Colo., in the 1870s, when it was still a territory, and helped Colorado become a state.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1988 – Darrell and Lana Potter and Larry and Pat Coughlin of St. Elmo opened the Midwest Country Antique Mall, the only antique mall located between Terre Haute, Ind., and St. Louis, Mo.
    Improvement work on the intake structure at Vandalia Lake was completed.

    40 Years Ago

    1978 – Charles Rummelin, who died in June 1977, willed the bulk of his estate to worthy causes that would enhance the general health and welfare of the community of Vandalia.

  • Shop local ... and document

    If you go outside Vandalia to purchase items not available locally, what were those items and where did you go to buy them.
    Those are the questions that the Vandalia Director of Economic Development Director Amber Daulbaugh and Greater Fayette County Chamber of Commerce would like to answer in the next couple of months.