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Today's Opinions

  • Hickman told about life in the 1860s

    In 1914, The Vandalia Union celebrated its 50th anniversary by inviting readers to write reminiscences for publication in an anniversary issue. Many people took the editor up on the invitation, including Cynthia Luster Hickman.

    Mrs. Hickman lived on the 400 block of North First Street, and her home stands today a beautiful representative of the Queen Anne style of architecture. Kyle Barker is the current owner.
    She remembered that after the gold rush, men did not carry pocket books; they carried sacks full of gold, William Lee and Jake Albert included.

  • Residents show support for pool

    A politician once said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In Vandalia, it can be said, “It takes a community to save its pool.”
    And, that is what’s happening here, with local residents responding to the efforts of Manager Lisa Robbins and the Vandalia Swimming Pool staff to keep that facility afloat.
    In less than a year, the pool staff has raised just under $18,000 through various fundraisers and donations.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This team of local athletes was the champion of the men's fastpitch softball league in 1988. All but one of them were reared in Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Grande Levée was to include period crafts, tours, music and lots of homemade foods.
    Jody Eyman was queen of the Bond-Fayette TMH prom.

    35 Years Ago

    1984 – Robert E. McCart and Michael D. Kleinik were appointed to sergeant positions on the Vandalia Police force this week.

  • You can join the effort to Save Our Pool

    For more than a year, you have been hearing about the need for extensive renovations to the Vandalia Park District’s swimming pool. This Friday, you can see for yourself many of the areas that need attention.
    And you can be a part of getting that work done.
    As it holds its first Moonlight Madness of the summer, the pool staff will also hold a water carnival, a special event that is part of the staff’s ongoing efforts to contribute to the pot of money for pool renovations.

  • Thank our veterans

    Editor:
    As I recently walked through the rows of stones in a local cemetery, I noticed that a lot of veterans have been forgotten.
    Many had no flags on their grave. I know it's a big project to supply flags on every veteran's grave in Fayette County.
    In past years, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars answered the call .
    It's not just on Memorial Day that we should honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

  • Theft of flowers from veteran's grave is frustrating to family

    Editor:
    I am the daughter of a deceased veteran. I would like to say “You’re welcome” to the person or persons who felt the need to remove the flower arrangement from my dad’s marker that my mother had gotten for Memorial Day. After all, he was a decorated World War II veteran.
    This has happened before – not only to us, but others as well. So sad.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dan Meyer was named superintendent of St. Elmo schools.
    Jim Virostko was hired as the new basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.
    Mulberry Grove’s top students were Erik Grigg, valedictorian, and Bob Jackson, salutatorian. At Brownstown, Lisa Luster and Stephanie Pruett were co-valedictorians, with Teresa Grubaugh salutatorian.
    John Campbell won the Golden Glove and Hustle awards for the Greenville College baseball team.

    30 Years Ago