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Today's Opinions

  • James Lafayette Pryor murder is solved

    James Lafayette Pryor was murdered in the early morning of Dec. 17, 1899, while he slept.
    What made the killing of Pryor most unusual and mysterious was that sleeping beside him in the bed at the time of the incident were his wife, Lydia, and 11-year-old son, Grover.

  • Would've been nice to get bids for trash pickup

    In the near future, Vandalia officials will be deciding on a new contract for residential garbage pickup that includes rate increases in each of the five years of that agreement. Unfortunately, it's likely that we won't be able to determine whether the city could have gotten a better deal.
    The city council’s cemetery and landfill committee agreed on Monday to support a new five-year contract with Doty Sanitation Service, which has provided the service since 1999.

  • Hollmans impacted Vandalia, Galena

    Last month, my friend Rita and I spent a girls' get-away weekend in Galena.

  • Banks of the Okaw-June 30, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured about 40 years ago, grew up in Vandalia.

  • 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.