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Today's Opinions

  • Remington family had Vandalia connection

    While not a common name among Vandalia citizens, Henry J. Remington, "closely related to the Remingtons of firearm fame," chose Vandalia as the place to live out his last years.

    Henry J. Remington was born on June 8, 1839, in Savoy, Berkshire County, Mass., the son of Aaron Remington, a veteran of the War of 1812. Both of Henrys grandfathers served in the Revolutionary War.

    He was an interesting enough fellow that the editors of the "Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Fayette County," published in 1910, included him in their volume.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for?

    Most of us could tick off a substantial list of things that are near and dear to us. And when we consider the plight of others around the world, we undoubtedly have ample reason to be grateful. Here are a few:

    Our family (which is a source of support and love through the good times and the bad).

    Our community (which, thanks to the commitment of many of our leaders and business owners, is growing and moving forward).

  • The Way We Were

    10 Years Ago

    1997 The Vandalia Historical Society was to hold a ceremony to recognize Mary Burtschi for her donation of the Little Brick House to the society.

    The Vandalia Jaycees were still looking for a place to hold their haunted house.

    Travis Blain rushed for 294 yards against Pana, but the Vandals lost, 21-14, in an overtime contest.

    Mr. and Mrs. David Hill of Vandalia were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary, and Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Hollman of St. Peter were marking their 50th anniversary.

  • Soldiers have a story to tell, if they will

    As the soldier from Texas walked by my father, he called, Hey Torbeck, how many lives does a cat have? Nine, replied my father, to which the Texan, Hulett Sells, a Tech Sgt. with the 96th Deadeyes, remarked, Ive had eight. Sells walked on another l00 yards and was hit by a bullet.

    The name of Hulett Sells appears on the Roll Of Honor, with nine other men from Co. D of the 386th Infantry killed over 50 years ago on Leyte.

  • Enjoy 'Olde Tyme Christmas' Friday

    Are you ready for the Christmas season? Well, ready or not, it's here.

    This Friday, the season kicks off in Vandalia with Vandalia Main Street's Olde Tyme Christmas celebration. It's one of the biggest promotions of the year.

  • Ceremony to commemorate Eli Forbis

    The 1878 History of Fayette County credits Eli Forbis and John Little as being the first settlers of Sefton Township.

    According to the book, the two men came to the county together in 1830 and settled on Section 19, both building cabins and making improvements that year.

    From research done by Ben Forbis, we know that Eli and wife, Jemima Gardner Forbis, came to Fayette County from Christian County, Ky., where their youngest son, Eli Harper Forbis, was born.

  • Naming road fitting way to recall Emerick

    I’m sure that I was like many of the other 200-plus people who turned out on Saturday for the dedication of the Terry J. Emerick Memorial Highway.

    That dedication took me back to the afternoon of May 25, 1994, when Terry died in the line of duty.

    But it also brought back many more positive memories, those of the time that we spent around Terry.

  • Ceremony to commemorate Eli Forbis

    The 1878 History of Fayette County credits Eli Forbis and John Little as being the first settlers of Sefton Township.

    According to the book, the two men came to the county together in 1830 and settled on Section 19, both building cabins and making improvements that year.

    From research done by Ben Forbis, we know that Eli and wife, Jemima Gardner Forbis, came to Fayette County from Christian County, Ky., where their youngest son, Eli Harper Forbis, was born.