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Today's Opinions

  • Statehouse Open House shows Christmas of 1830s

    Back in the days that Vandalia served as Illinois' capital, people didn't have strings of brightly colored lights, dancing Santas or shiny ornaments to use as decorations. So they used fresh greenery, nuts, fruits and candles to decorate their homes and workplaces.

    Local residents can get a taste of 1830s decorations by attending the Christmas Open House at the Vandalia Statehouse this Saturday evening.

  • Let's talk turkey about presidential pardons

    On the news this past week was the clip of President Bush issuing an official pardon to the presidential turkey during a photo op at the White House.

    Wishing to know a little more about the presidential pardons offered these birds, and how long it had been going on, I booted up my computer and Googled the phrase, "presidential turkey."

    Among the top four choices was a news story about "Biscuits," the 2007 presidential bird, whose pardon made headline news.

  • Thanks for serving

    Its often a thankless job, attending numerous meetings, doing research, getting feedback from constituents and making decisions that affect the populace. But fortunately, we have people who are willing to represent us in local government and on the various bodies overseeing our taxing entities.

    One such individual is Dean Black, who has stepped down after serving on the Fayette County Board as a representative of the St. Elmo area for nine years and as chairman of the board for half a decade.

  • KC campus to be huge asset to city

    Though classes wont begin until January, and some furniture has yet to arrive, the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus project is close enough to completion to begin creating considerable excitement.

    That excitement was evident Tuesday morning, when college officials and members of the successful capital campaign committee gathered for a breakfast meeting and participated in sneak preview tours of the new facility.

  • Memories of Thanksgiving on the farm

    One of my favorite childhood memories is of our family gatherings at my grandparents' farm to celebrate Thanksgiving.

    It was the one holiday when our entire family (on my mother's side, anyway) would get together. There must've been more than 50 of us on most Thanksgivings.

    In addition to mountains of great food, we had all kinds of other attractions on my grandparents' farm.

  • 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.