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Today's Opinions

  • Benjamine Halford killed man in self-defense

    Hurricane Township in the northwestern corner of Fayette County was a hotbed of Southern sympathy during the Civil War.
    There was a great deal of unrest throughout the county because a group of outlaws, numbering in the hundreds, roamed throughout a five-county area including Bond, Montgomery and Fayette, terrorizing the people, murdering, thieving and burning bridges.
    The following story was shared with me by Audrey Probst and Jean Vail, and took place in the home of Elias Richmond on Richmond Hill at the eastern end of the village of Fillmore.

  • Last chance to comment on the route of bypass

    Have you tried to imagine what Vandalia traffic patterns will be like when the four-laning of U.S. Route 51 finally reaches our area?
    Do you envision it simply following the current route, but wiping out front yards and businesses as it is widened to handle four lanes through the heart of the city?
    Do you see it cutting off of U.S. Route 51 north of  Vandalia Correctional Center and skirting around the west side of Vandalia Lake?

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, shown about 60 years ago, grew up in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dr. Hans Rollinger was honored for 30 years as a practicing physician.
    Ramsey’s eighth grade girls volleyball team took third in the state, finishing the season with a 21-1 record.
    Cindy Harrison, Brian Kern and Michelle Osborne were named to Mid-State all-conference basketball teams.

    30 Years Ago

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 150th

    In the mid-1850s, the Illinois Central Railroad had been granted 28 square miles in Fayette County for construction of its north-south line from Cairo to Chicago. Once construction was complete, they were to return any land to the state not needed to build the rail line. Instead, they put it up for sale.

  • Citizen input is vital in decisions

    Two significant meetings, dealing with topics that are important to our community, are coming up. Each  should attract significant crowds, so citizens can participate in decisions that will have long-term impacts on the quality of life in Vandalia.
    The first is next Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Vandalia Board of Education. This meeting, typically, is the one at which program and position cuts are voted on. And it looks like more of each are likely.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture shows a Vandalia couple as they were 60 years ago. They have two children.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – A late-winter storm dumped freezing rain, sleet and eight inches of snow in Fayette County. Ninety vehicles transporting 274 members of the Missouri National Guard were forced to spend two nights in the Vandalia High School gym because of the road conditions.
    Beth Blankenship and John Cline were named DAR and SAR winners at Mulberry Grove High School.
    Jim Staff announced plans to retire after 38 years as regional superintendent.

    30 Years Ago