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Today's Opinions

  • Marley family secures stone for ancestor

    It was last fall when I received a telephone call from C.F. Marley of Nokomis with the news that he, along with his son, Bob, and Bob’s wife, Pat, had found a death certificate for William Wilson in the records of Fayette County.
    This man was C.F.’s long-lost great uncle, for whom the Marleys had spent years searching. C.F.’s father, the late Bernard Marley, often spoke of two uncles who fought at Vicksburg, where "blood ran down the hill." These uncles were brothers to Bernard’s mother, Lydia Wilson Marley.

  • Vandalia's mysterious cupola building

     I like mysteries. One of the longest-running unanswered Vandalia mysteries for me has centered around the "Anthenaeum," a capitol-era theatre facing the public square from its location on Fourth Street.

  • Vandalia's mysterious cupola building

     I like mysteries. One of the longest-running unanswered Vandalia mysteries for me has centered around the "Anthenaeum," a capitol-era theatre facing the public square from its location on Fourth Street.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This father and son were pictured 35 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A large crowd was on hand for the unveiling of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s new welcome sign.
    Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
    The Fayette County Board agreed to get estimates on work needed on the county courthouse.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik reported that 16 memorial trees had been purchased for the lawn of the county courthouse and jail.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings, pictured about 35 years ago, grew up in the Vandalia area.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The city of Vandalia was continuing to fight the spread of odor from its sewage treatment plant on the north edge of town.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce planned a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new welcome sign, which resembles the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Charles Metzger received a pin for 50 years of service with Temperence Lodge No. 16 in Vandalia.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a four-way stop at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street.

  • The lost 'Brick Cemetery' has been found

    I write a bi-monthly genealogy and history query column for The Ramsey News-Journal newspaper, and one of the first questions I was asked came from a gentleman in Dallas, Texas.