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Today's Opinions

  • Last chance for input on bypass

    After years of public hearings, environmental impact studies and more public hearings, the Illinois Department of Transportation has come up with its recommended route to get U.S. Route 51 motorists through Vandalia when the road is upgraded to four lanes.
     Though it’s not a perfect plan – none of the final four alternatives were without problems – the route selected by IDOT seems to make the most sense. The plan now will be forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration for its consideration and approval.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture was taken at the 50th anniversary of the couple in the center in 1957.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Donaldson resigned as Mulberry Grove Junior-Senior High School principal to become assistant regional superintendent for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties. Dennis West was named as his replacement. Vandalia’s assistant superintendent, Dan Meyer, left that post to take over as superintendent of the St. Elmo School District.
    Jim Lewis was named Vandalia Community High School athletic director.
    Four Mile Church dedicated a new wing of its church. The new wing included an education/nursery room and kitchen.

  • Tax cap referendum nixed

    Editor:
    A tax cap referendum that was to be placed on the November ballot has been rejected by the Fayette County Board.
    It would’ve given voters a chance to decide whether or not to put a cap on future real estate taxes of 5 percent per year or the consumer price index, whichever is less. (The consumer price index was .7 percent last year.) More than 40 Illinois counties now have it.

  • County board says 'no' to PTELL plan

    Editor:
    At the August meeting of the Fayette County Board of Supervisors, the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) tax cap proposal was presented to the county board by chairman Steve Knebel. The board was asked to decide if the tax cap proposal should be placed on the ballot in November, to give county voters the choice of it becoming law.

  • Albrecht family settled in St. Paul area

    This past Sunday was a very special day at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wilberton Township. This year, 2014, represents the 150th year since the founding of the church by emigrants from Dodge County, Wis.

  • Motorists beware around schools

    The big yellow buses are back on our streets and roads again, and pedestrian traffic has stepped up significantly in areas around our schools.
    Those signs can mean only one thing – school is in session again.
    For our children, it’s the renewing of school routines, with all the activities and challenges that come with a new school year.

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 150th

    Last summer, I was invited to attend a meeting of the 150th anniversary planning committee from St. Paul Lutheran Church, which was already well into the planning of 2014’s events that would highlight the 150th anniversary of the church.