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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Honor our vets on Veterans' Day

    We tend to overlook and take for granted the freedoms and rights that we Americans enjoy each and every day of our lives.

    More importantly, we have a tendency to forget about the men and women who have, throughout the history of our country, stepped forward to earn and protect those freedoms and rights our veterans.

    Thus, its not too much to ask that we all take time this Sunday to remember and honor those veterans, as well as those who are currently serving in our armed forces.

  • Halloween a good time to tell ghost stories

    During my recent travels, I picked up a book titled, “Ghosthunting Illinois” by John B. Kachuba. The stories were short and there were lots of pictures, so I figured it would be good reading material as we wended our way back home again. After reading some of the ghost stories in Kachuba’s book, I remembered some of the stories that I had heard down through the years. It is Halloween, after all, and this is as good a time as any to retell them. A Vandalia woman told me there was a presence in her home in the northwestern part of town.