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Today's Opinions

  • Voicing opposition to proposed sales tax increase

    Editor,
    A “yes” vote on the school sales tax may sound like a reasonable notion if you thought no further than the here and now.
    It could take some of the burden off property owners, but for how long? Only one school in Fayette County has publically announced that it would lower property taxes if passed by the voters.
    If all districts were on board for lowering property taxes, realistically, could the reduced property taxes last?

  • Ingrams saved Schwarm cabin

    Some years ago, on a visit to Ingram Log Cabin Village near Kinmundy, I stopped in front of a primitive log cabin identified by the signboard as the Schwarm cabin.
    Additional information told that it had once stood near Hickory Creek in Fayette County, having been constructed of white oak logs about 1847.  

  • Voicing opposition to proposed sales tax increase

    Editor,
    A “yes” vote on the school sales tax may sound like a reasonable notion if you thought no further than the here and now.
    It could take some of the burden off property owners, but for how long? Only one school in Fayette County has publically announced that it would lower property taxes if passed by the voters.
    If all districts were on board for lowering property taxes, realistically, could the reduced property taxes last?

  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fayette County Agronomy Day program drew 140 farmers.
    Five people filed nominating petitions for mayor: Rich Walker, Herb Walker, Jim Horn, Robert E. Carroll and Everett R. Jarrett.
    Debra Sue Logsdon was appointed Vernon postmaster.
    Tom Long was named manager of the Vandalia Kroger Store.
    St. Elmo’s eighth grade basketball team won its regional basketball tournament, beating Altamont, 47-31, in the IJHSAA finals.

    35 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week
    No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: aidse rea nfyun nhsgit etyh no'dt rwko senusl uoy od.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.

  • Three families moving to area

    The families who made their home in Fayette County came from many places and situations, and for various reasons. In this column, I will touch on three of these families who, for the most part, settled in Bear Grove and Seminary townships.
    The Jacob Cripe family was one of the first Pennsylvania Dutch families to settle in Fayette County. Born 1815 in Montgomery County, Ohio, he was the son of Jacob Cripe, who was “bound” to his father until he reached age 21.

  • Three families moving to area

    The families who made their home in Fayette County came from many places and situations, and for various reasons. In this column, I will touch on three of these families who, for the most part, settled in Bear Grove and Seminary townships.
    The Jacob Cripe family was one of the first Pennsylvania Dutch families to settle in Fayette County. Born 1815 in Montgomery County, Ohio, he was the son of Jacob Cripe, who was “bound” to his father until he reached age 21.

  • Vandalia Memories