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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – More than 150 Vandalia Community High School students and faculty members gathered outside for prayer as “See You at the Pole” was observed nationwide.
    Louie and Josephine Franklin of Ramsey were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    A crew from NBC-TV was in Vandalia to interview local residents on such things as the economy, politics and the status of the country in general. The product was to be aired during the network news.

  • The Hurricane Settlement included church

    In 1816, a group of people moved from Warren County, Ky., to southern Bond County and formed a settlement. The Indians were unfriendly there, so the group headed northward, locating near the Dry Fork of Hurricane Creek, two miles south of the present village of Fillmore in Montgomery County.

  • Both sides must meet obligations

    As they received the city’s annual audit report last week, Vandalia aldermen learned that the city has trimmed its budget deficit from more than $500,000 to less than $50,000.
    That’s good news, because it’s an indication that city officials have been effective in taking steps to operate the city more efficiently and  to be more cautious when it comes to spending.
    That’s a trend that must continue.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two people are members of the VCHS class of 1966.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photos: These two people are members of the VCHS class of 1966.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – An open house was being held at the new Vandalia Correctional Center work camp.
    Vandalia Police stepped up patrols around elementary schools after a 7-year-old student at Lincoln School reported that a man attempted to abduct her while she was walking home from school.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau conducted its annual crop survey. The survey netted estimated yields of 108 bushels per acre for corn and 32.75 bushels per acre for soybeans.

  • Capt. Isaac Hill reports on survey mission

    Capt. Isaac Hill, accompanied by seven Kentucky Rangers and four Russell Rangers, entered the wilds of the Illinois Territory on a survey mission in 1809.

  • Remember the lessons of 9/11

    Though it’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years, the calendar insists that, indeed, a decade has passed since terrorists staged a series of attacks on American soil on Sept. 11, 2001.
    On that sunny September morning, hijacked planes slammed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, as well as the Pentagon, killing thousands of innocent people. Another airliner, apparently headed for the White House, crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers overpowered the hijackers.