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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Klan in Fayette County

    In May 1923, the Ramsey News-Journal newspaper reported that seven hooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan entered the Christian church at Herrick and presented the pastor with $50 for the church building fund.

  • Be safe during eclipse

    We will experience a rare natural eclipse next Monday, when the moon gets between the earth and sun, and casts a shadow over the earth.
    In this part of the country, the eclipse will begin shortly before noon and end at roughly 2:44 p.m., with the maximum eclipse being about 1:20 p.m.
    It will, indeed, be quite a sight to see ... but one that can only be viewed by taking precautions.
    The National Aeronautics and Space Agency provides the following safety guidelines:

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Rachel Engel of Farina was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair. Jaida Etcheson won the Little Miss Fayette County competition.
    Brad Horner of Vandalia received a state proficiency award in sheep production.

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – The Vandalia City Council approved a plan to extend Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street. The project estimate was $183,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The three boys in this photo, which was taken about 50 years ago, were raised in Brownstown, but all now live in the Vandalia area.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two good friends joined the miliary in 1954, and both went to Camp Chaffee for basic training. One then went to Germany and the other went to Taiwan. Both worked in communications and both are now retired.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The first native brigadier general

    When I received my copy of The Leader-Union two weeks ago, the lead story of Bryan
    Radliff’s promotion from colonel to brigadier general was like déjà vu.