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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – With power outages in the summer a possibility, Mayor Sandra Leidner was wanting the city of Vandalia to develop an emergency plan.
    At the Vandalia City Council meeting, it was reported that the city's sewer odor problem appeared to be on the mend.
    Victor and Betty Hill of Van-dalia, and Alva and Maxine Lovall of Vandalia were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries. Bill and Marie Durbin were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • Zent Drive was home of Jeremiah Zent

    Have you ever wondered why, when they got around to naming the roads near Vandalia Lake, the main road snaking over what locals refer to as “Thrill Hill” was named Zent Drive?
    As with many of Vandalia’s streets, it was named for a family whose settlement here was important to the area. But unlike other street designations, Jeremiah Zent settled near the road that would later bear his name.

  • FAYCO needs our help to expand recycling

    Nearly two years ago, FAYCO Enterprises launched a recycling program that has allowed Vandalia area residents the opportunity to responsibly dispose of a higher percentage of their trash.
    Now, FAYCO has an opportunity to expand its recycling operation. And local residents – as they have for the past two years – can play a part in that expansion.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Shane Graumenz and Susan Koonce were crowned king and queen at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
    Acting on a request from the Fayette County Soil & Water Conservation District, the South Central School District was initiating participation in the Outdoor Classroom program. Members of the Science Club and Future Farmers of America were planting grasses and trees on land west of Interstate 57.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two sisters, pictured about 38 years ago, now work in businesses in Vandalia. One is a bookkeeper for a local business and one works for a local doctor. One is celebrating a birthday this week.

  • Eight couples celebrate 50th anniversaries

    I was among those who eagerly awaited the publication of Brenda Protz’s "Images of America" pictorial history book of Vandalia several years ago. Many of the pictures in the book were just what Brenda had hoped for – one-of-a-kind, unpublished photographs.

  • City asks for feedback on downtown parking

    The Vandalia City Council discussed on Monday complaints about parking in the downtown business district. That’s nothing new, since city officials held a similar discussion about three months ago.
    Now, before deciding whether to make any changes to downtown parking laws, they want to hear from you.
    Back in March, Alderman Andy Lester said he’d fielded a complaint from the owner of a business on a downtown side street about vehicles being parked in front of his business for extended periods.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four siblings grew up in Shafter Township north of  Vandalia.