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Today's Opinions

  • Work on TIF rules is a good idea

    Time and time again, members of Vandalia's Tax Increment Financing advisory committee and city council have asked for more guidance as they considered applications for TIF grants and loans. Hopefully, they will be getting that sometime soon.
    Mayor Rick Gottman announced at Monday's council meeting that he is forming a committee to study the existing rules and regulations for TIF awards, and to recommend changes for those.
    That's a good idea, especially considering discussions on TIF requests at recent council meetings.

  • Looking Back
  • Pearson circus overwintered in Ramsey

    The other day, on my way to Vandalia, I was met by three semi trucks hauling carnival rides. After all, this is the season for carnivals that winter in the southern states to make their northern trek, providing entertainment for us in the hinterland.
    When I returned home, I pulled a file that I had started some time back on the Pearson Carnival, whose home was Ramsey. It was Mrs. Pearson who had the Ramsey connection.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These siblings graduated from Vandalia Community High School, and they live in Fayette County.

  • Ancestry test gives some surprises

    This past holiday season I took Ancestry up on its offer for a basic DNA test. Many of my genealogy buddies had already done this and could talk about their ethnic background.

  • Resident offers thoughts on low-speed vehicle law

    Editor,
    Recently, after several months of less than openly public committee meetings the Fayette County Board advanced County Ordinance 20I6-04-14-D to a vote up or down at the April board meeting. This ordinance failed to pass after much discussion concerning its “completeness” and to whether or not it should be made available to the public for review prior to a final vote.
    A few board members tried to push this measure through for finalization without further, open public review. One must ask why? What are they concerned about?

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – During a presentation to the Vandalia City Council, Bill Donaldson stressed that city participation in the Vandalia Main Street Program was a vital key in the success of the program.
    Jeff Lay and Tom Fackler of Vandalia won the doubles competition at the Mid-State Conference tennis tournament. Vandalia placed second in the conference tourney.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This boy, in a photo taken in 1986, grew up in Vandalia and now works at the federal correctional center in Greenville. He is married and has two sons.