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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were born and reared in Ramsey. He lives in Effingham and travels for his job. She lives in Ramsey and works at school.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – St. Elmo Plastics received statewide recognition for its use of the Job Training Partnership Act program.
    Julius Hunter, news anchor for KMOV-TV (Channel 4), St. Louis, was the keynote speaker for the Tri-County Teacher’s Institute.
    Tracy Rohlfing was one of 159 people given an award of recognition at the “Those Who Excel” banquet in Chicago. The Brownstown Junior-Senior High School teacher received her award from the Illinois State Board of Education.

    30 Years Ago

  • It's time to honor our firefighters

    Can you imagine being awakened in the middle of the night, getting dressed and be ready to start work in a matter of minutes? That’s what our volunteer firefighters and First Responders do on a regular basis.
    During Fire Prevention Week, we pay tribute to those men and women who volunteer their time to help others in a time of need.
    They come from all walks of life, ready to drop everything on a moments notice to respond to a fire, accident or other type of emergency.

  • Research finds Bowling Jones' grave

    Bowling Green was a village founded by Bowling Jones and located in Section 31 of Bowling Green Township. Some say it was named for him, while others maintain it was named for Bowling Green, Ky.  

  • Our disasters include tornadoes, quakes

    Visiting last week with my sister, Sandy, our conversation turned to earthquakes.
    Sandy left Illinois, and its accompanying earthquakes and tornadoes, when she was 18. She married James “Zeke” Sampson, a Navy man, and he took her to the world of hurricanes and rapid deployment.
    After living in Norfolk, Va., where she witnessed several hurricanes and had her first son, the family was stationed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station, Puerto Rico, with its tropical depressions and daily 3 p.m. deluges.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago
    1989 – Brooke File, a Vandalia Community High School junior, was crowned homecoming queen.
    Scott Smith of St. Elmo won the IHSA Regional Golf Tournament at Robinson for the second straight year. The St. Elmo golf team made school history by advancing to the sectional for the first time. In addition to Smith, other top scorers were Randy Heckert, Matt Weaber and Anthony Ireland.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young woman was born and reared in Vandalia. She married a Vandalia fellow, and they have two children.