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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Fayette County Board approved a five-year contract with Dr. Joe Ertel of Ramsey for animal control services for the county.
    Michelle Lach of Vandalia was a member of the Lake Land College girls basketball team.
    Local Girl Scouts Elizabeth Zeman, Tiffany Roberts, Jamie Davison and Aaron Williams were selected to represent the Shagbark Girl Scout Council at the Girl Scout World Center in Mexico.

    20 Years Ago

  • Tour of downtown businesses continues

    In my last column, we followed a tour of the south side of Gallatin Street provided by the late Esther Mabry Hausmann Buckley.  
    Written at the request of Charles Mills for The Leader-Union newspaper, Mrs. Buckley was pleasantly surprised that editor Mills found her writings interesting and published them in the pages of the newspaper.
    This week, our tour again starts near the Kaskaskia River, but this time it follows the north side of Gallatin Street westward to Sixth Street.
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  • Statehouse Open House is a step back in time

    About 170 years ago, when Abraham Lincoln was beginning his career in politics in what is now the Vandalia Statehouse, candles were the only way to light up the building. That’s what visitors to the Statehouse this Saturday will experience.
    The Statehouse, which is Illinois’ oldest existing capitol, will host its Christmas Open House from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
    The thing that draws most people to that holiday event is special Christmas ornament being given to the first 100 families to sign the guest register.

  • Account takes trip down Gallatin Street

    In the late 1980s, the late Charles Mills contacted 83-year-old Esther Buckley, saying that he heard that she wrote stories.

    The daughter of Harry Mabry and Ida Fogler, Esther was at the right place to be an observer of Vandalia’s progress. When she was about 7 years old, her father moved the family from a farm to the big city. Esther referred to Vandalia as her “magic town.”

  • Give input on bypass options

    After the process was backed up to give local citizens more input on possible routes for a U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, the public now has a set of six options to which it can respond.

    The six represent a variety of ways that the bypass route could be configured to move traffic through the community efficiently and safely.

    Is there one that's perfect? Not a chance. Is there one that has emerged as head and shoulders above the others? Not yet. They all have assets and liabilities.

  • Letter to the editor

    Editor:
    The Illinois State Police is encouraging motorists to "think twice” when consuming alcohol this holiday season, as the stakes continue to rise for those willing to roll the dice and drive while intoxicated.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 25, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured in 1966, was born in Pana and now lives in Ramsey. He works at a Vandalia factory, has one sister and has never been married.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Bill (Beeb) Staff, Jim Staff, Dale Hamby and Charles (Skip) Carroll.

  • Bolt family sorts members by jobs

    My column this week is taken from an article that appeared in the Dec. 11, 1930,  issue of The Ramsey News-Journal.
    The article caught my attention because the writer approached the Bolt family genealogy from a different direction.
    Rather than a recitation of all the names in the family, he categorized the family by occupation. How interesting!
    “The Bolt family in Carson, of Calvin, Matt, Abe, Mart and Craft, have given to the educational field of Fayette county 26 successful school teachers, a record hard to beat.