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Today's Opinions

  • Thomas C. Grandfield had colorful life

    From the first moment that Jerry Jones of Ramsey handed me this photograph of Thomas C. Grandfield at a genealogical society meeting, it captured my attention.

    To begin with, it is a nice picture of an elderly gentleman. He looks straight into the camera lens, his strong hand resting on the head of the cane. His beard is neatly combed and his jacket is made from a nice material, although a few years old.

  • Enjoy the fair!

    It's fair time in Fayette County!

    Beginning this Saturday, the sights and sounds and smells will return to the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown. And until the gates close a week later, the fair is THE place to be.

    Haven't been to the fair for a while? You'll be surprised at the variety of events and activities there. There are beauty contests, livestock judging, carnival rides, tractor pulls, 4-H project judging, a rodeo, musical performances, and races for motorcycles and ATVs. And don't forget about the food stands that offer a variety of delicious treats.

  • Remember why we celebrate

    On Saturday, we will celebrate the birth of our nation.

    This year marks the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As usual, it will be observed across our nation with celebrations and fireworks displays.

    In Vandalia, the festivities take place on Saturday night, when the Vandalia Lions Club once again will sponsor the fireworks display at Vandalia Lake. Check our calendar on page 2 for other events in the area.

  • Picture of St. Paul house completes collection

    As a result of revisiting the history of St. Paul’s two village merchants, John Boye and my great-grandfather, Jacob Yund, in my April 30 column, I received a packet in the mail from Roger O’Dell of St. Peter.

    Included with newspaper clippings he had saved over the years, mementos from St. Paul Church and assorted information, Mr. O’Dell included a photograph of the Boye house in St. Paul. This was a photo I had never seen before, although I remember the bright red brick structure from my visits to this Wilberton Township village.

  • FAYCO deserving of our support

    An organization that has given the developmentally disabled individuals of this area a higher quality of life for more than 33 years is being threatened by the infighting at our state capitol.

    FAYCO Enterprises stands to lose much of its state funding as a result of the budget battle between Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly.

  • Bluegrass Festival worth repeating

    Any assessment of Vandalia’s first National Road Bluegrass Festival is, for the most part, subjective.

    Some people say that the crowds weren’t that big, and there wasn’t a lot to see or do.

    Others would say that the festival was a big success, and that it’s worth repeating.

    In reality, it would probably fall somewhere between the two.

  • Life lessons learned from the moon man

    Uncle Wilbur Meyer of Bingham was a self-described “moon man.”

    Those were the words he used when he told his doctor that he would return in a couple of weeks to have a spot removed from his cheek. The moon signs were not right that day for removal, but the following week, anything that was cut would not grow back.

    Uncle Wilbur used the same sign for cutting fence posts. If you cut under the wrong moon sign, the posts would rot. Cut them at the right time, and they will last for years.

  • Learn all you can of Motown's plan

    It’s been nearly a month since the Vandalia City Council signed an agreement with a Michigan firm that could bring a $300 million sports complex to our community.

    The 2-million-square-foot development is to be located on 150 acres south of Wal-Mart. The developer – Motown Technology & Sports Facility Inc. – told the city that the project will create about 2,000 temporary construction jobs and nearly 900 full-time jobs, once the facility is completed. Those are big-time numbers in a county with double-digit unemployment.