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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were-June 30, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Deliberating less than 50 minutes, a Christian County jury found 41-year-old Rocky Bennyhoff guilty of reckless homicide for his part in an October 1995 wreck that caused the deaths of 19-year-olds Leigh-Ann Metzger and Kelly Horton, both of Vandalia. A prosecution expert testified that his study showed Bennyhoff had about 24 beers prior to the accident.
    Carey Oldfield of Vandalia was crowned the 1996 Miss Fayette County Fair. Samantha Morrison won the Little Miss crown.

  • Happy Fourth of July!

    This weekend, our nation will pause to celebrate our freedom and independence. With fireworks, picnics and a day off work, we'll revel in the heritage that makes the American experience unique among nations.
    We'll have ceremonies that recall the lofty goals and sturdy faith that characterized our founding fathers. We'll have fireworks that parallel the spontaneous celebrations that erupted when the Declaration of Independence was inked.

  • Blagojevich verdict sends a message

    For too long, he thought he was the Teflon governor. He could do whatever was politically expedient, but nothing would stick.
    On Monday, Rod Blagojevich found out differently. It stuck all over him. He was convicted on 17 of 20 counts of miscellaneous corruption charges and undoubtedly will spend several years behind bars for his abuse of power and his attempts to use his public office for personal gain.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 23, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows an uncle and his nephew.

  • The Way We Were-June 23, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Dr. Tom Jaselskis, a family practitioner in Vandalia for the past five years, announced that he was moving to Tennessee.
    Matt Baker of Vandalia and Brian Maske of Ramsey earned degrees from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
    Vernon and Alma Meyer of St. Peter were planning to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
    Brooke Straub and Mandi Wasmuth of Vandalia were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa sorority at Kaskaskia College.

  • Cemetery yields information about township

    Twice within the past 30 days, I have found myself in the historic Old Liberty Cemetery in Sefton Township. Prior to that,  I had never visited this historic burying ground, although I always thought that one day I would find the time.
    Wilma Kruger of Brownstown was my first guide, and we were on an ancestor hunt. As we followed the road that led to the cemetery, she told me some of her memories of this area. One must cross both a bridge and a ford to reach the cemetery.

  • Address issues directly, not by public criticisms

    Local developer Dennis Grubaugh expressed his displeasure with a city official at last week’s meeting of the Vandalia City Council. And, while we understand the need to address the issue raised by that city official, we also understand why Grubaugh was upset.
    At two prior city council meetings, Alderman Dean Black said he didn’t like the looks of the former State Farm Insurance building on Gallatin Street, referring to political signs covering the windows.

  • Tools for School seeking supplies

    Though classes just dismissed for the summer, there are some among us who are already thinking of the upcoming school year.
    That group is Fayette County Tools for School, a committee of local residents that is dedicated to helping needy students have the necessary supplies when they head to school this fall. Last year, they helped nearly 700 county students.
    Now is the time of year that the group is gathering financial support and collecting school supplies. Among those supplies are paper, pencils, pens, rulers and other basic necessities needed by students.