Today's Opinions

  • Robert L. Wilson one of 'The Long Nine'

    The famous Illinois "Long-Nine," of which Abraham Lincoln was the established leader,  was made up of two Sangamon County senators,  Archer Herndon and Job Fletcher, and seven representatives, Lincoln, Ninian Wirt Edwards, John Dawson, Andrew McCormick, Dan Stone, William F. Elin and Robert L. Wilson.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Wanita Carruthers of Vera, a 1993 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, was named Miss Fayette County Fair. She also received the title of Miss Congeniality.
    Brittany Miller was named Little Miss Fayette County Fair.
    Preparations continued for Vandalia’s 175th anniversary, with the unveiling of the anniversary logo and the release of a tentative schedule of events.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured more than 60 years ago, grew up in Vandalia and graduated from Vandalia High School in 1950.

  • Consider options to more stop signs

    A discussion on Monday at a meeting of Vandalia’s and streets and public safety committees pitted the possible preservation of a short-line railroad here against the efficient flow of traffic within the city.

  • Old child's suit found in great shape

    Lois Peck lost her husband, George F. Peck, in 2009, and while working in their garage recently, she came upon a suitcase that she believed contained George’s old Navy uniforms.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – A fire,    reportedly caused by a cigarette, did an estimated $5,000 in damage to an apartment at the High School Apartments in Vandalia.
    Vandalia hosted a meeting of the I-70 Growth Association.
    Area meetings were being held on a proposed expansion of the Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District.

    20 Years Ago

  • Public's help needed to catch park vandals

    I am writing today in my role as president of the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners. We on the park board are charged with the privilege of trying to create an atmosphere in which our park superintendent, Gary Oldham, and his crew can keep our Vandalia parks as beautiful and well-maintained as possible.

  • E.M. Pope was blacksmith in Vandalia

    Elijah M. Pope began work as a blacksmith when, at age 16, he was apprenticed to learn the trade.