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Today's Opinions

  • Metzger building has long, colorful history

    Several months ago I was contacted by the Tim Metzger family for information on the Metzger Hotel built by Tim’s great-grandfather, John Ulrich Metzger.

  • Sign enforcement must be consistent

    A complaint lodged against a Vandalia citizen who posted signs on public property near his home advertising garden produce for sale has resulted in discussions of how the city’s sign ordinance should be enforced.
    Currently, enforcement of the city’s lengthy sign ordinance is driven by complaints – meaning that the city doesn’t enforce it unless someone complains.
    Well, someone complained about Dave Hill’s vegetable sign. So now he’s complained to city aldermen about the city’s enforcement practices.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fayette County farmers were busy harvesting wheat. In some areas, there was no wheat to harvest as a May hailstorm wiped out the crop.
    The Fayette County Health Department and S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) sponsored self-protection seminars for female county employees and the general public.
    Ashley Crabtree was named Little Miss at the Ramsey Daze celebration.
    Vandalia Jaycees sponsored a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks at the Vandalia Lake.

    30 Years Ago

  • A look at Vandalia businesses in 1924

    In 1989, I fell into the position as editor of the quarterly publication of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society.

  • Enjoy the Lincoln Festival and fair

    If you're looking for something fun and interesting to do, there's there's no shortage of either in Fayette County during the next few days.
    This Saturday and Sunday, the second annual Lincoln Heritage Festival will be held in the Vandalia city parks along Fillmore and Locust streets.
    The activity lineup includes a wide array of historical events – including Civil War camps and skirmishes,  period arts and crafts, children's games, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and a wide variety of food vendors.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four siblings were born and reared in Vandalia.

  • Jerauld wrote of life here in the 1850s

    In a letter dated April 9, 1914, Sarah McAfee Jerauld responded to a request by the editor of The Vandalia Union to write of her experiences for the anniversary issue of the newspaper.
    She wrote, “When I moved to Vandalia in March 1852, there was not a foot of brick pavement in town and only 10 brick houses.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was seeking volunteer greeters for the tourism center.
    Between 250 and 300 honored Jim Staff at a retirement reception. Staff served in the field of education for 38 years and was superintendent of schools for Fayette County since 1959. Effingham and Bond counties were later added to his region.
    Jane Eaton won the 11th annual St. Andrews Ladies Open Golf Tournament.

    30 Years Ago