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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor

    Editor:
    There is life after death…twice for the doctor in the story I will relate.
    This is a true story. I recently found an article among my papers. Dr. Richard Eby fell two stories to his death.
    I heard him speak years ago in Troy.
    He was cleaning out his mother’s house in Chicago in 1972, after her funeral. He stepped out onto a landing and leaned on he railing. It gave way, and he fell to the concrete two stories below, killing him.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 25, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Two-year-old Karley Dannielle Flanagan of rural Vandalia died from smoke inhalation as her family’s home in Daisley’s Trailer Court was destroyed by fire.
    Harold H. Pennock, 47, of Centralia pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He was arrested for DUI in Centralia after being involved in a traffic accident less than an hour after serving on the bench in Fayette County Circuit Court.
    The Vandalia Vandals pounded Litchfield, 49-0, in football action to raise their season mark to 2-0.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 25, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These brothers, pictured in about 1961, both have businesses in Vandalia.

  • Letters lead to duel challenge for Abe

    Abraham Lincoln, who saw service in the Black Hawk War in Northern Illinois, is said to have joked that the only blood he shed during the conflict was from mosquito bites.

  • Shutoff of checks not playing fairly

    A short-sighted and poorly-planned attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to save money in the education sector of state government has left the state's 44 regional superintendents and their assistants working without a paycheck.
    The governor's move has not changed the ways the duties are delivered or eliminated the services provided by the regional offices. The superintendents just aren't getting paid.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 18, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Roger Gottman, 27, of St. Elmo, died from injuries sustained when he was hit by a train as he was crossing railroad tracks in St. Elmo.
    The Vandalia Community High School football team opened its season with a 38-6 win over Carlyle.
    David and Eileen Brown of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Residents' impact felt after they moved

    Last week, I told the story of James Thomas Burbridge Stapp, who after living the first 41 years of his life in Vandalia, took his ideas and dollars – 20,000 of them – and moved to Decatur.

  • Residents' impact felt after they moved

    Last week, I told the story of James Thomas Burbridge Stapp, who after living the first 41 years of his life in Vandalia, took his ideas and dollars – 20,000 of them – and moved to Decatur.