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Today's Opinions

  • Mural a nice addition to town

    One effort to both improve the appearance of and draw tourists to our downtown has been completed, and it's quite the work of art.
    Four professional artists and a future artist arrived in Vandalia last Wednesday night and by the time they left on Sunday, our town had its first mural.
    It was accomplished by the work of the Vandalia Mural Committee and all of the people who contributed to the $10,000 needed to make it happen.

  • City is fortunate to have such dedicated workers

    Editor,
    We would like to thank the Vandalia Public Works (street) Department for the timely and excellent manner in which they cleaned up Vandalia following the storm on Sunday, June 18.
    It looked as though it would take months to clear all of the trees and debris, and within less than a week, the work is almost complete.
    Thanks also to the Vandalia Park District employees. The city parks were hit hard, and within a few days the park district’s employees had them look as beautiful as they always do.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – A Grand March and Grand Ball were added to this year’s Grande Levée to celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary.
    The Fayette County Relay for Life raised $23,500, $5,500 above the goal set by local event organizers. Since the goal was exceeded, Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik agreed to have his head shaved.
    An open house for the new addition to Fayette County Hospital was held.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The cousins in this photo, taken about 70 years ago, grew up in the Brownstown/St. Elmo area.

  • John Sawyer's place in history

    When German traveler Frederick Gustorf visited Illinois in the mid-1830s, he kept a journal that was later published. In the journal, he described the traveling conditions and his impressions of the people he met along the way.
    Many travelers like Gustorf who visited America returned to their home country and wrote travel commentaries. Thousands of people, upon reading their books, were able to choose what place in America they wanted to settle.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The city of Vandalia was considering rejoining the I-70 Growth Association, several years after dropping its membership.
    Amy and J.D. Vieregge of Vandalia bought the 28th house built by a building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center. The house is located on East Fork Drive.
    Wilbert and Elenora Yagow of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and Wilmer and Pauline Yagow of Kinmundy were celebrating their 40th anniversary.