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Today's Opinions

  • 50 years later, story is the same

    When the Okaw Area Vocational Center was established half a century ago, The Vandalia Leader ran an editorial in which we touted the value of the center. Their words on the value of vocational education still ring true today; therefore, we are reprinting that July 27, 1967 editorial.
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    The Okaw Area Vocational Center will provide the filler for an educational gap in this community, which has long been in need of attention.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Two brothers, on each end, are pictured with their cousin.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Based on an ordinance, water rates for residents of Vandalia were increased by 7.01 percent and sewer rates were hiked by 1.48 percent.
    After hearing residents in the area of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street voice complaints about speeders, the Vandalia City Council agreed to consider making the intersection of Sunset and Fillmore streets a four-way stop.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Obed Lovett improved farming

    Obed Edom Lovett, a prominent citizen of Wheatland Township, was one of those who earned space in the 1904 Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Fayette County.

  • School days coming up

    In case you haven't noticed, parking lots in area schools are full of vehicles this week. That can only mean one thing – the startup of a new school year.
    Despite what is going on in our state capitol, or not going on, local schools will be in session in just a couple of weeks.
    With the start of a new school year, we will again need to adjust our driving habits.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man charged with shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre, argued that because he will be in shackles for his trial, so should Fayette County State’s Attorney James Overholt.
    Vandalia Correctional Center adopted Kelley Park on West Main Street in Vandalia. The action meant that the VCC work camp would maintain the park.
    Ed Lebold of Vandalia was named chief of security at Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • Vandalia Memories