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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan, a Democratic candidate, was in Vandalia for a fundraiser.
    St. Peter residents were busy planning Prairie Days.
    Cevin Dugan, son of Billyanna Dugan of Vandalia and the late Clifford Dugan, was named a partner in Bruegge Funeral Homes in Breese and Germantown.
    Special services commemorated the 125th anniversary of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

    30 Years Ago

  • After 26 years, it's time for new adventures

    One hundred and fifty years ago, when H.S. Humphrey launched The Vandalia Union on the tempestuous seas of Fayette County journalism, he had no idea what the future held for his publication.

  • Henry Mitchell, an orphan, raised six orphans

    On the anniversary of his 83rd birthday, Henry Brown Mitchell wrote an article for The Vandalia Union newspaper.
    He wrote that he came on the scene on May 25, 1857, several miles northwest of Vandalia, in a one-room log home, 16 feet by 24 feet, with a seven-foot ceiling plastered up with yellow clay. His parents, Archibald Litell Mitchell and Jael (Jaily) Hackney Brown, died within four days of each other in October 1858 of milk sickness, leaving four children.

  • Last chance for input on bypass

    After years of public hearings, environmental impact studies and more public hearings, the Illinois Department of Transportation has come up with its recommended route to get U.S. Route 51 motorists through Vandalia when the road is upgraded to four lanes.
     Though it’s not a perfect plan – none of the final four alternatives were without problems – the route selected by IDOT seems to make the most sense. The plan now will be forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration for its consideration and approval.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture was taken at the 50th anniversary of the couple in the center in 1957.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Donaldson resigned as Mulberry Grove Junior-Senior High School principal to become assistant regional superintendent for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties. Dennis West was named as his replacement. Vandalia’s assistant superintendent, Dan Meyer, left that post to take over as superintendent of the St. Elmo School District.
    Jim Lewis was named Vandalia Community High School athletic director.
    Four Mile Church dedicated a new wing of its church. The new wing included an education/nursery room and kitchen.

  • Tax cap referendum nixed

    Editor:
    A tax cap referendum that was to be placed on the November ballot has been rejected by the Fayette County Board.
    It would’ve given voters a chance to decide whether or not to put a cap on future real estate taxes of 5 percent per year or the consumer price index, whichever is less. (The consumer price index was .7 percent last year.) More than 40 Illinois counties now have it.

  • County board says 'no' to PTELL plan

    Editor:
    At the August meeting of the Fayette County Board of Supervisors, the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) tax cap proposal was presented to the county board by chairman Steve Knebel. The board was asked to decide if the tax cap proposal should be placed on the ballot in November, to give county voters the choice of it becoming law.