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Today's Opinions

  • Enloe early figure in state's history

    Some time ago, I was asked by John Coleman of Bond County if I would like to see an old ledger book of Asahel Enloe.

  • Survey shows teens need help

    The numbers are staggering:
    • Almost 60 percent of sophomores in Fayette County have tried alcohol or regularly drink it.
    • Almost half of them have tried cigarettes or currently smoke.
    • 15 percent have tried marijuana or use it regularly.
    • 36 percent have been sexually active before the age of 17, of those, only 15 percent say that they always practice safe sex.
    • Almost a third reported feeling "sad or hopeless" for two weeks or more in a row.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two children, at a local daycare, play beauty shop, with the girl using a hair dryer on her playmate.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 – Interstate Commerce Commission and Clinton County officials touted Enhanced 911 emergency phone services as Fayette County voters were preparing to vote on an Enhanced 911 referendum.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s downtown revitalization committee announced its City of Candles project. The committee was encouraging local residents and business owners to put electric candles in their windows during the upcoming holiday season.

    25 Years Ago

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The four women in this photo, taken in the early 1970s, worked together for many years, taking care of local residents.

  • Davis made many visits to schools

    “We all looked forward to seeing him come down the road to our school at Bingham – it meant we wouldn’t have to do our schoolwork,” remembered 90-year old Wilber Meyer when asked about Jonathan Davis.

  • There's still a big festival

    We won't have the period crafts, food and music that we've grown to be accustomed to during our community's largest annual festival. But this weekend still offers a lot for both Vandalia residents and visitors.
    State cuts have resulted in the cancellation of this year's Grande Levée, but a festival that has been held in conjunction with the period celebration continues.