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Today's Opinions

  • First murder in Ramsey never solved

    The first murder of Ramsey Township took place early in the evening of Nov. 22, 1872.  It was a cowardly act, and the perpetrator was never found and charged.
    Thomas Francis "Frank" Little was sitting in the front room of his home with his sisters, Laura, Sarah Deborah and 12-year-old Emily. A lamp was lit, and Frank and the girls were seated around the room, spending the evening in song.

  • Information on suicide given at school program

    Suicide. Few other topics leave us with more questions and fewer answers.
    It’s a problem that isn’t discussed enough to allow us to understand the causes, let alone give us tools to help prevent those around us from seeing it as a way out when the going gets tough.
    Dr. Elizabeth Laden-Gross hopes to change all that.
    A volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Laden-Gross will be addressing students, teachers and community residents in Farina and Vandalia next week.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 29, 2011


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo:
    These two young men are part of the VCHS class of 1966.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 29, 2011


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo:
    These two young men are part of the VCHS class of 1966.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 29, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
    Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
    Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.

  • Was justice served by suspension

    Editor:
    On Thursday, Sept. 8, an “emergency” school board meeting took place at the Ramsey School District. The subject of that “emergency” was my daughter, Faith Luster. Faith was an honor roll student in eighth grade at Ramsey Junior High School.
    Faith was expelled for the rest of the semester by the Ramsey School Board for having a weapon at a school function. She is allowed to come back to school on Jan. 4.

  • More info on the blackberry patch conflict

    Many years ago, I read a story in "Fayette Facts" about two Fayette County women who got into a fight over a blackberry patch. It ended when one of the women pushed the other into an open well.
    From what I remembered, the local justice of the peace held court, fined the woman who did the pushing and then paid the fine for her.
    I have searched for this story off and on during the past several years, and finally gave up, figuring that I would stumble across it again one day.

  • Weather a big plus for the Grande Levée

    Probably the biggest advantage to holding the Grande Levée on Father’s Day weekend for more than four decades was that it was easy for both local residents and tourists to keep the event on their calendars.
    But the 42nd period celebration on the grounds of Illinois’ oldest capitol proved that moving the date is really not that big of a deal.
    This year’s Grande Levée is drawing rave reviews, mostly because of the weather.