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Today's Opinions

  • Roads changed as Fayette County grew

    In 1889, Horatio H. Bingham, the founder of Bingham and its short-lived newspaper, The Bingham Agriculturist, published an article in which he told of an old road that passed near Bingham 50 years before its founding.

  • Broken windows show broken life

    If you’ve driven by the corner of Fifth and Johnson streets in the past few days, you may have noticed a new monument to disrespect and disregard for public property.

  • Happy with status quo? If not, vote on March 18

    Editor:
    Do you like the status quo?
    More than 6,700 state government retirees’ get over $100,000 a year in pension! It’s been going up by 25 percent a year for eight years.
    But the lowly taxpayer who must pay them earns an average of less than $49,000 a year! That’s you and me. Does this make you mad?
    The Democrats' new “pension reform” law does nothing to change this. They control the Illinois house, senate and governor’s office. Do you want to keep them in control on March 18?
    David Schaefer

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1998 or 1999, shows two "cheerleaders" for a Final Four benefit for Vandalia Community High School.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Tim Wollin took second and John Wehrle third in the IHSA sectional wrestling tournament, earning a trip to the state tournament.
    Nokomis beat Vandalia 47-36 in the championship game of the girls’ regional basketball tournament.
    Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hortenstine of Ramsey were named Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation’s Farm Family of the Year.

    30 Years Ago

  • The Wakefields loved life on the frontier

    In my column last week, you learned of John Allen Wakefield, the first white settler of Otego Township. In that story,  there were Indians, wars, log homes and Abraham Lincoln.
    In this story of the second half of John Wakefield’s life, there are more Indians, vigilantes and late-night raids with a Lewis & Clark connection thrown in.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The flu bug caused absenteeisms to climb at Fayette County schools.
    Vandalia wrestlers took second in the regional tournament at Cumberland. Seven qualified for sectionals, including Tim Wollin, who upped his record to 30-0. Others advancing were Gary Graumenz, Jamie Wehrle, John Wehrle, Heath Sheraden, John Durbin  and Chad Dunaway.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady grew up  in the Vandalia area and lived here all her life.