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Columns

  • Sunshine Week empowers people

    It happens every time I walk into a voting booth.

    At those times, when Im preparing to do my civic duty, I always wonder if Ive gotten enough information about the candidates. Do I know all I need to know to cast an informed vote? Am I missing important information about the activities and character of the people for whom Im voting?

  • Vandalism of tribute tree is sad

    All vandalism is a senseless crime – there's no arguing that. Damaging property that belongs to someone else is nothing but mean and cruel.

    It's even worse when the target of acts of vandalism, whether or not it is the intent, is to something that has been erected to pay tribute to an individual.

    Such is the case with the evergreen tree that has been planted near the start of the Lincoln Loop Walking Trail that runs through three of Vandalias city parks.

  • State's first woman voter from Ramsey

    Now that were in the middle of all the election excitement, it seems a good time to retell a story of the first election ever held in the Hurricane Precinct near VanBurensburg.

    At this early day, Montgomery County and a portion of Fayette County were within the environs of what was then Bond County.

    Perrysville, while located in what is known as Seminary Township, Fayette County, was, in those days, the county seat of Bond County. The seat of government was later moved to Greenville, and within a few years the log cabin village of Perrysville was abandoned.

  • A.W. McDonald visited here...and stayed

    Two weeks ago, I wrote about the John A. McClanahan family burying ground, located two miles north of "Twin Churches" in Carson Township.

    Bowling Green, a pioneer village from the 1830s, occupied the site more than 170 years ago, with John A. McClanahan as storekeeper and doctor.

    The McClanahan Family Cemetery is situated on the west side of the road. Almost directly across from it, on the east side of the road, is found the McDonald Family Cemetery.

  • What are you going to do with your Leap Day?

    Every fall, we're faced with the question of what to do with an extra hour on the day when we "fall back" at the end of Daylight Savings Time.

    Every four years, however, we have an entire extra day. This Friday, Feb. 29 is one of those days.

    As youll recall from the old Thirty days has September ditty that you learned in grade school, February normally has 28 except in leap years, when we get a bonus day. Absolutely free. No extra charge.

    But what do you do with it?

    And, for that matter, where does it come from?

  • Enloe's ledger records early Bond history

    A couple of weeks ago, I received a telephone call from John Coleman, president of the Bond County Historical Society. His organization had been given an old ledger book, with the title, "Account Book A – Asahel Enloe."

    Members of the society thought it to be one of the old books discarded 50 years ago by the Bond County Clerks office. John asked if I would like to see the book.

  • Cemeteries mark site of Bowling Green

    About five miles east of Ramsey stands the crossroads village of Twin Churches. Turning left at the corner by the former Reeds Chapel Church and continuing to the top of the hill, about two miles, brings one to the site of the pioneer village of Bowling Green.

    Two little cemeteries mark the site one on either side of the road.

    On the left, or west, side of the road is found the McClanahan Cemetery. Only two stones, for John A. McClanahan and his wife, Susan, are standing. Across the road is the McDonald family burial ground.

  • IHSA still trying to control newspapers

    Once upon a time, organizations like the Illinois High School Association would bend over backwards to get favorable coverage from the press. Treat the media right, and your activities will be covered well, was the thinking.

    Not anymore.

    This past weekend, at the state individual wrestling championships in Champaign, the IHSA made it eminently clear that it dislikes the media and that it doesnt really care if the states elite athletes get any coverage in their hometown newspapers.

  • New feature on Web site allows comments

    Except for major issues such as bond issues, we receive very little feedback from people in the community on those everyday issues that are covered in the pages of our newspaper. Thats likely to change through a new feature offered on our Web site.

    As you may know, our parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers, has provided a new Web site format for us and other LCNI newspapers. The work to improve our Web sites is ongoing.

  • Steinhauer bird collection lands in museum

    Back in the mid-1960s, I was a member of the Junior Girls Auxiliary of the American Legion. Our monthly meetings were held on Saturday afternoons in the American Legion building on Seventh Street.

    The room used for the auxiliary meetings was the one now used for the museum of the Legion, to the left of the main entrance.

    Across the hall was another large room that held glass cases of birds. I remember the cases being positioned along the west wall and extending a short distance on the north wall.