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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo shows the building that we now know as the two-story Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home at 321 S. Seventh St. in Vandalia. Pictured here, it's the three-story Fehren mansion.

     

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – An estimated $39,000 was raised through the Family Y fundraiser “Putting On The Ritz” Saturday evening.
    Brownstown won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament held in Ramsey last week.
    Josephine Flood and Evelyn Faggetti were voting delegates from Vandalia who attended the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Conference held in Springfield.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man shown with country music star Mickey Gilley is now married and has three children, and is a teacher.

  • Tribute thanks vets for their service

    This past Sunday afternoon, as I was heading to my car after attending the Armed Forces Tribute held in Sonnemann and Greer parks, I walked past two ladies in conversation with a veteran.
    It was then I heard one of the women say, “Thank you for your service,” and these words have stayed in my head.

  • Again, beware of all types of scams

    How many times have we heard the statement, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is"? Yet, there are many scam artists out there who continue to have success, despite warnings from law enforcement officials.
    The latest of those warnings came from Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray on Tuesday, who warned residents of a telephone scam.
    Through that scam, the caller tells the person that he or she has won a prize. That caller then asks the person to either provide personal information or to send money to cover taxes or for some other expense.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo shows the store operated by Samuel and Rosa Skane Smith from 1920-50 in the 1400-1500 block of West St. Louis Avenue.

    The photo was posted by the Smiths' granddaughter, Pat Smith Frost.
     

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were born and reared in Ramsey. He lives in Effingham and travels for his job. She lives in Ramsey and works at school.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – St. Elmo Plastics received statewide recognition for its use of the Job Training Partnership Act program.
    Julius Hunter, news anchor for KMOV-TV (Channel 4), St. Louis, was the keynote speaker for the Tri-County Teacher’s Institute.
    Tracy Rohlfing was one of 159 people given an award of recognition at the “Those Who Excel” banquet in Chicago. The Brownstown Junior-Senior High School teacher received her award from the Illinois State Board of Education.

    30 Years Ago