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Today's Opinions

  • The Wakefields were first Otego settlers

    John Allen Wakefield is credited with being the first white man to live in what is now Otego Township in Fayette County.  In 1824, Wakefield and young wife, Eliza, built a log home near the Vincennes Trace in Section 17 and opened it to travelers. This house was the first to be built in the township.

  • The Wakefields were first Otego settlers

    John Allen Wakefield is credited with being the first white man to live in what is now Otego Township in Fayette County.  In 1824, Wakefield and young wife, Eliza, built a log home near the Vincennes Trace in Section 17 and opened it to travelers. This house was the first to be built in the township.

  • School funding needs overhaul

    A task force that has been studying the state’s current system of funding school districts has come to a not-so-startling conclusion: the system is broken.
    “The way we fund public education in Illinois is currently very complex,” state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, told reporters on Monday. “But one piece of it is very simple: It isn’t working.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who grew up east of Brownstown, has two sisters and five children. She's lived in Fayette County all her life and is a housewife.

  • Pets not cared for in bitterly cold weather

    Editor:
    This letter concerns two dogs that live outside year around. The owner does not care for them, but relies on a Good Samaritan neighbor, who feeds the animals every evening. The large dog has a make-shift fence with a dog house inside. The neighbor supplies straw that he stuffs inside the house and has also hung pieces of tarp around the fence. The small dog is not in the shelter, but lives tied up next to it.

  • Blood donors come out in bad weather

    Editor:
    My compliments to the people of our community.
    The local Rotary Club sponsors a Red Cross blood drive six times a year, with Howard White and Larry Cable serving as co-chairmen.
    The last one was Tuesday, Jan. 21. As you may remember, it was a very cold, blustery day, with snow and ice

  • The Way We Were

    25 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 new manager of the Vandalia Kroger Store.
    St. Elmo’s eighth grade basketball team won the regional basketball tournament, beating Altamont 47-31 in the IJHSAA finals.

    30 Years Ago
        

  • Behind-the-scenes workers are good pick for Abe Awards

    Each year, Vandalia Chamber of Commerce leaders have the privilege of recognizing ordinary people who have done extraordinary things for our community.
    The organization’s method of honoring the contributions of those citizens is by presenting Abe Awards. And since the program was started 40 years ago, more than 110 individuals have been given Abes.