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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Enjoy this weekend's Grande Levée events

    Every year, residents of the Vandalia area are treated to a glimpse into our past during the Grande Levée celebration. As we enjoy that annual trip back in time, we have the opportunity to learn more of our heritage.
    That opportunity is upon us. This Friday evening and all day Saturday, we will be able to enjoy the unique activities of the Grande Levée.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in the late 1940s, shows a young man who graduated from Seminary School in 1949 and from Vandalia High School in 1953. He married in 1959 and has lived in Vandalia ever since.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – After deliberating for about 30 minutes, a Fayette County jury found Kelly McGinnis of Greenville guilty. McGinnis, who previously was sentenced to 60 years in prison for murdering Greenville Tom Meyer, was charged with armed violence after shooting up the office of Vandalia Attorney Larry LeFevre.
    Rob Blackerby resigned from the chief deputy position with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik announced that he would not fill the vacancy.

  • Grace Kurtz funeral showed her status

     We were sitting at my kitchen table when I told my friend, Dale Reeves, that he was allowing me a rare opportunity. Dale had placed a small photo album in front of me containing pictures taken by the late Edith Hausmann that he had purchased at an antique store.

  • Grace Kurtz funeral showed her status

     We were sitting at my kitchen table when I told my friend, Dale Reeves, that he was allowing me a rare opportunity. Dale had placed a small photo album in front of me containing pictures taken by the late Edith Hausmann that he had purchased at an antique store.

  • Keep harvest safe for farmers, others

    Area farmers have been through the wringer because of this year’s historic drought and blistering heat during July and August. But they have one more hurdle to negotiate before they can put the 2012 crop year behind them.
    They must safely harvest their crops.