Today's Opinions

  • Fehren built that building

    When I heard the news Monday of the collapse of the roof of a building located on the 500 block of Gallatin Street I had trouble in my minding figuring out where this was. Had the reporter mentioned the Pitkin building or the name of Mathias Fehren, my mind would have zeroed in on the correct building, but those names are ancient history.

  • Arrests prove that people help fight crime

    On the front page of this issue, we have a story telling how two individuals were arrested for a number of local burglaries. Those arrests were possible through the help of a private citizen.
    Among the items stolen on Sunday were credit cards, and when one of the cards couldn't be validated at a Salem business, the employee handling the transaction got suspicious. So, he wrote down the license plate of the car driven by the person attempting to use the card.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

     This week's photo: This photo of two brothers was taken about 60 years ago. One lives in Altamont and is retired from World Color Press, and the other lives in Indiana and is retired from two companies he owned in that state.

  • Operation OUTING drivers badly needed

    Nursing and retirement home residents are largely confined to their facility, which greatly limits their experiences and quality of life. Fortunately, thanks to Operation OUTING, these residents in Vandalia have the opportunity to get OUT to a variety of destinations.
    Free of charge, the bus takes those who would like to go to many places: Evergreen Outreach program at the First United Methodist Church on Mondays, restaurants, baseball games, the zoo and scenic road trips in our area.

  • Vandalia Memories

    David Crye uploaded to Vandalia Memories this old photo of Vandalia's railroad depot in the 100 block of South Sixth Street.

  • Dug Out Bill and bandits

    The following story, by the Rev. August Forster, Ramsey’s Catholic priest, was reprinted in the April 9, 1936, issue of the Ramsey News Journal.
    At the time he reprinted it, the editor expressed reservations as to the reverend having his facts straight, even accusing him of using his imagination to come up with “an interesting portrayal of an episode that might have happened.”

  • Traffic flow will require some patience

    There is no perfect solution.
    Traffic is going to get more congested on the north end of Vandalia in a few weeks, and there's not really anything that can be done about it.
    The shifting of students from Jefferson Primary School to Vandalia Elementary School means that more parents will be dropping off and picking up their children before and after school each day.