Today's Opinions

  • Yes, Virginia ...

    This editorial, which first appeared in The New York Sun in 1897, was written in response to a letter from a young girl named Virginia. Her letter was titled: "Is There a Santa Claus?"
    We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:
    Dear Editor:

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady graduated from Vandalia Community High School in 1973 and went to Texas Bible College, where she met her husband. She still lives in Texas.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Gary, Tim and Ron Emerick purchased the Ford-New Holland farm equipment dealership from Jim Poland, who retired after 37 years in the farm equipment business.
    WPMB celebrated its 25th year of operation.

    35 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Statehouse holds many stories

    For the past week, we have been working full steam to decorate the Vandalia Statehouse for the upcoming Christmas season. Coming up this Saturday is the annual Open House from 5-8 p.m., when we throw open the doors, and the first 100 families to sign the guest book receive a free ornament.
    Organizers are asking visitors to bring a can of food for the local food drive that is going on.

  • Enjoy the beauty of the Statehouse

    The Vandalia Statehouse is a beautiful building. Each year, its classic lines and authentic appointments transport thousands of tourists back to the 1830s when the building served as the seat of Illinois government.
    But when the Statehouse is dressed in its holiday finery, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

  • Banks of the Okaw


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man attended school in Vandalia, where he was a standout wrestler. He now lives in Troy and works in St. Louis.


  • The Way We Were


    20 Years Ago


  • Support your local hospital



    I'm writing because of some comments I've heard about Fayette County Hospital. We are lucky to have a hospital that size.