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Today's Opinions

  • Alum, retired teacher gives thanks for Alumni Weekenda

    Editor,
    Brownstown High School graduate Floyd Jordan (‘54) had always looked forward to his own class reunion. Somewhere in the mid- to late 1970’s, Floyd worked to include all Brownstown Alumni in a school wide reunion.
    With the help of many dedicated volunteers, the Brownstown Alumni Reunion has been a staple for those who have attended Brownstown High School, with graduates returning year after year for the Brownstown Alumni Reunion held in July.

  • Alderman supports half-cent sales tax hike

    Editor,
    In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. This phrase holds true today as it did over 200 years ago. Since this phrase was first used, our lifespan has more than doubled, which is good, but Illinois residents pay the second-highest property taxes in the country, which is very bad.
    If you are a homeowner, you know from past tax bills that property taxes are a certainty to keep rising in the future, putting more financial burden on you and your lifestyle.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl, who was born in 1945, attended Maple Grove School and lives in Pittsburg. She has a son and a daughter, and a brother and a sister.
    There was no photo last week.

  • Congrats to HOF, Alumni honorees

    Over the weekend, four individuals were added to the Vandalia Community High School's athletic Hall of Fame and three others joined the list of recipients of the school's Distinguished Alumni Award.
    Ryan Ambuehl, Amber Bruno and Luke Schumacher were added to the Hall of Fame for their athletic achievements in a VCHS uniform, and Jason Clay joined the HOF for his success as both a player and coach of VCHS wrestling and football teams.

  • Taste some wines, help the Statehouse

    Local residents will have the opportunity this Saturday to sample some wines and craft beers, listen to local performers and just enjoy a fall afternoon on the lawn of our local treasure.
    At the same time, you will be helping to preserve that treasure, with the proceeds from the Vandalia Historical Society's second annual Wine & Ale with Abe.
    The inaugural event turned out to be an overwhelming success, with a large crowd of people both having fun and helping to supporting the Statehouse window restoration project.

  • One of our town's early hotel owners

    Cyrus Tuttle was born on May 15, 1797, at Brandon, Vt., and died on Dec. 9, 1848, Seminary Township, Fayette County.  He was a son of Capt. Solomon and Deborah Strong Tuttle, and came with his family to Fayette County in 1836, settling in Seminary Township.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Vandals show more than just wins

    Going into this Friday's homecoming game against Piasa Southwestern, the Vandalia Vandals varsity football team is touting a perfect 4-0 record. But you have to look beyond those wins to see what kind of players Vandalia has on the roster this fall.
    In one game, the Vandals chose not to respond in kind when some of their players were targeted with inappropriate actions of the other team. They kept a cool head and showed that they were above those actions.