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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor

    Editor:
    The United States Postal Service is conducting an Area Mail Processing (AMP) study for the Effingham Post Office.
    The employees at the Effingham Post Office have been told that an AMP would involve sending all letters, flats and newspapers from the 624 area to the St. Louis facility to be processed. That means that your mail to the 618-619, 625-627, 628 and 629 ZIP codes would be dispatched from St. Louis.

  • The Way We Were-May 12, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Walt Barenfanger asked the city of Vandalia to take over maintenance of the road that runs west of Majestic Drapery and the old Crane Packing building. The council gave Mayor Rich Walker the authority to work with Barenfanger. The local postal food drive netted about 5,500 pounds of food for the CEFS Food Pantry in Vandalia.
    Darrell Gummert, principal of Vandalia Community High School, was elected president of the Charles R. Ruemmelin Foundation Board.

  • 'Vandalia Raid' results in several arrests

    Alenia Dressor McCord was reared in the Bethel community, about eight miles northwest of Greenville, now known as Reno, and was a child during the turbulent days of the Civil War.
    She told her granddaughter, the late Alenia McCord, known to many as a former high school teacher in Vandalia, many family stories. One of her stories was about an event that would become known as the "Vandalia Raid."

  • State trying to grab local funds

    Budget cutting is the norm at nearly every level of government these days. Every entity is looking for ways to trim expenses, balance its budget and operate in the black.
    In Vandalia, for instance, the city has trimmed more than $200,000 of its deficit by eliminating services and delaying some types of work. And some $50,000 remains to be cut before a balanced budget can be submitted for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

  • Banks of the Okaw-May 5, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young fisherman, pictured about 65 years ago, grew up south of Bluff City. He had a career in the Navy,  retired and moved back to the family farm.

  • Visit loved one during nursing home week

    Editor:
    This year’s National Nursing Home Week begins this Sunday – on Mother’s Day.
    Each year, it is a special week for nursing home residents and their families to celebrate nursing facility life with facility staff and volunteers.
    This year’s theme – “Fulfilling the Promise” – provides us all with a terrific reminder of our promise to always care for the seniors in our community.

  • The Way We Were-May 5, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – During a presentation to the Vandalia City Council, Bill Donaldson stressed that city participation in the Vandalia Main Street Program was a vital key in the success of the program.
    Jeff Lay and Tom Fackler of Vandalia won the doubles competition at the Mid-State Conference tennis tournament. Vandalia placed second in the conference tourney.

  • Get rid of junk during annual cleanup week

    Are you wondering what it’d be like to be able to park your car in the garage again?
    Are you sick of looking at that old green refrigerator sitting in the back yard?
    Are you tired of trying to make a discarded air conditioner look like modern art in your flower bed?
    Well, hope is on the way.
    Next week, Vandalia residents will be able to dispose of old appliances and other large items through the city’s annual Cleanup Week.