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Today's Opinions

  • Schneider home used as school for a time

    In July 1935, the Vandalia School District purchased the two-story brick house on the corner of Third and Randolph streets, built by John J. Schneider, Vandalia’s premier boot and shoe dealer.
    The home was built around the same time as the high school building, and by 1935, more room was needed because of the increase in student census. My late aunt, Vida Rebbe Freeman, remembered attending home economics classes in this house.

  • Homecoming, Corn Day have a lot to offer

    Between the activities planned by Vandalia Community High School, the Vandalia Community Schools Foundation and the Vandalia Main Street Program, local residents will have a lot of ways to enjoy the weekend.
    The high school is in the midst of its homecoming week celebration, which includes the homecoming parade at 2:30 p.m. and the homecoming football game at 7 p.m. on Friday. The homecoming parade will follow its traditional route in making its way downtown.

  • The Way We Were-SEpt. 16, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – At the request of Mayor Rich Walker, the Vandalia City Council agreed to hire a Missouri firm to update the city’s zoning, subdivision, lake and interchange regulations.
    The city’s consulting engineering firm, HMG of Carlyle, recommended that the city increase its water and sewer rates. The proposed rate increase would be 35 percent. It would be the first rate hike since 1986.
    Site work began on the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw-Sept. 16, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman grew up in Lone Grove Township. She is married, and has a son, two grandsons, a stepdaughter, two stepgrandchildren and a grand- dog! She lives in Vandalia and works in a local factory.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Camille Ann (Hathaway) Brown.
    Identifying her were: Linda Townsend and Lily Reed.
    This week’s Scrambler:  dohbel eht luertt: eh lyno kemas srepgors nehw eh kitscs shi kenc uto.

  • McDowell competes in world auctioneer contest

    Among the 33 best auctioneers in the world gathered in Oklahoma City, Okla., this past June for the World Livestock Championship was Andrew McDowell, son of Mulberry Grove auctioneer, Alva R. McDowell, and his wife, Linda.
    Described as “the toughest, most prestigious contest of its kind in the world,” this was not Andrew’s first world championship.

  • The Way We Were-Sept. 9, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Old Settlers Social, an event which featured an old-fashioned ham and beans dinner, music and a performance by the 175th Celebration Dancers, raised about $4,000 for the restoration of the old Presbyterian Church in Vandalia.
    Karen Chaplin, a native of California, was sworn in as the new postmaster at the Brownstown Post Office.
    Mr. and Mrs. Bob Timmons were planning to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

  • Thanks to FAYCO for taking on recycling project

    Editor:
    I think it's wonderful that FAYCO is taking on recycling,  and offering it on an almost daily basis.
    Prior to this effort, the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District offered this service one Saturday a month. There were always cars wrapped around the block. However, people waited patiently to contribute their recyclables to keep them out of the landfill.

  • Trammel terrorized area with Clingmans

    The story of Joe Trammel is one I have visited before in this column. Along with George Welsh and Jefferson Hastings, he was charged with the murder of an Oconee farmer by the name of Morris.
    Robbery was the motive, but a little killing didn’t seem to upset Joe Trammel, as he fired through a window, shooting John Morris in the head as he sat "at table."
    Truths retained in the old family stories handed down from generation to generation never cease to amaze me. Finding supporting facts that bear out these stories is something else.