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Today's Opinions

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Each year, Thanksgiving offers us a choice. Do we truly give thanks? Or do we simply go through the holiday motions?
    It’s easy to put things on autopilot – gathering with family, gorging ourselves on holiday goodies and lounging in front of endless football games?
    But does that really move us in directions that this uniquely American holiday should? Do we ever consider those things for which we should be deeply thankful? If not, how can we move ourselves in that direction?

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 17, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Members of the All-Star game of the St. Elmo and Brownstown Little League in 1968 or 1969. They are:
    Front Row: Mike Sluder, St. Elmo; David Miley, St. Elmo; and Marty Watson, St. Elmo.
    Second Row: Forrest Claypool, St. Elmo; Denny Koonce, St. Elmo; Marty Haslett, St. Elmo; and Terry Spain, St. Elmo.
    Back Row: Coach Leo Haslett, Wesley Sparr, St. Elmo; Doyle Powell, Brownstown; David Williams, St. Elmo; Kris Klitzing, Brownstown; and Coach Max Watson.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:
    Is it true that the work programs were taken away from the prisoners at Vandalia Correctional Center? The prisoners are supposed to be there for rehabilitation. It seems that a good work ethic would be a good part of that rehabilitation. My guess is that the prisoners would be more content, easier to handle and sure to learn many things if the work programs were put into place.

  • The Way We Were-Nov. 17, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man charged with the August murder of a Greenville attorney, pleaded guilty to “firing the second of two shots.” A sentencing hearing was to be held at a later date.
    Senior Vandalia linebacker Shane Graumenz was named to the Illinois High School Association’s Class 3A All-State football team.
    Fred Willms Sr. received his 50-year Masonic pin.

  • Dr. Morey was county's first trained doctor

    In last week’s column, I wrote about the family of Dr. John Frederick Aubery, who served as a surgeon during the Revolution.

  • Adermann deserving of thanks for 37 years with VVFD

    You know how on some mornings, it’s tough to roll out of bed and get ready for work? Imagine being awakened in the middle of the night, jumping out of bed, and getting dressed and ready to work in a matter of minutes.
    Then, doing that time and time again, even in the dead of winter, for 37 years.
    That’s the life that Merle Adermann led as a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department, with his last 19 years of service to the community being as the chief of the department.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture was taken in 1968 or 1969 of the all-star baseball team for the St. Elmo and Brownstown Little League.

  • The Way We Were-Nov. 10, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted to pay $260,000 for 26.08 acres of land east of Owens-Brockway and south of John Crane, with plans to give part of that land to Signature Label to retain the local industry.
    The Vandalia Community High School band and band instructor, Sean Reed-Bippen, went to the Vandalia Moose Lodge to record their halftime show for a compact disc. VCHS was one of seven schools chosen for the CD.