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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw-May 26, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1968, shows three brothers and a cousin. All grew up in the Ramsey area.

  • Michael Steinhauer home housed FCHD

    The auction notice of the building at 509 W. Edwards St., used most recently as headquarters of the Fayette County Health Department, sparked my interest because I discovered only a couple of years ago that this home was built in the early 1860s by Michael Steinhauer.

  • Map drawing a local issue, too

    District remapping is a big issue at both the state and national levels right now, with politics playing a big role in what those final products will look like.
    All of the talk of those mapping issues got us to wondering where the discussions are for such a project in Vandalia?
    City officials have in recent years talked about drawing up new ward boundaries, replacing the ones that have been in place for many, many decades.

  • Banks of the Okaw-May 19, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: The Vandalia Junior High School boys basketball team from 1953-54. Pictured in the front row are, from left, Jerry Swarm, Brad Pryor, Mark Miller, Dan Hampton, Jim Brannon, Ron McKay and Larry Walton. In the back row are, from left, Coach Bill Schultz, Terry Brown, Bill Augenstein, Darrell Stokes, John Cole, Keith Cripe and Coach Jim Staff.

  • The Way We Were-May 19, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Marlys Hayner was the keynote speaker for the Memorial Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.
    Jennifer Warden of Vandalia Community High School was awarded a volleyball scholarship at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
    Mandi Langston earned a dental hygienist degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
    Tony Eckhardt was trapped under an overturned tractor for about eight hours, digging himself out with a screwdriver and a lid from an insect repellent can.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:
    I totally believe that Marshall Finley is correct about the delay of mail by doing what the postal system is proposing.
    You will be receiving last week's newspapers this week. You will be receiving your utility bills and other notices after the due date, costing you late payment fees. Your Christmas cards will become Valentine's Day cards.
    Being a patron of the Hagarstown Post Office, I have received notice that they will be closing that post office and our ZIP code.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor
    The state of Illinois has difficult decisions to make with the tax dollars you pay. The General Assembly faces a substantial budget deficit of its own making. State legislators and the governor have already increased the personal and corporate income tax rates to try and bring the state’s debt under control. This income tax increase will not be enough to balance the state budget. And taking the rates up even higher is not politically possible.

  • Steinhauers left big impression on Fayette County

    Within the 20-year period between 1840 and 1860, five young men named Steinhauer settled in Vandalia.  They included Michael and Daniel, who were brothers, and Jacob, Frank and Fred, also brothers and nephews or cousins of Michael and Daniel.