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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Longtime Vandalia attorney Joe Dees was the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    A large crowd was present as Kelly McGinnis was led into the Bond County Courthouse to face charges of murdering Greenville attorney Tom Meyer.
    Massac County defeated the Vandalia Community High School football team, 26-2, to end the Vandals’ postseason playoffs. The Vandals ended the season with a 10-1 record.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl went to school in Ramsey. She has two children, a boy and a girl, and she works at Med-Line in Vandalia.
    Do you know her? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Use nature to forecast the weather

    I can remember sitting at the supper table one evening at Grandma Spires’ house in Bingham when her older brother, Wilber Meyer, made the comment that his ducks were moving about more than usual – a sure sign of rain. And rain it did, the next day.
    A few days later, while finishing the last of my outdoor chores, I chanced to look up and the moon had a pretty large ring around it – another sign of rain. In fact, the size of the circle can tell you when the rain will arrive.

  • VOTE!

    If this general election doesn't get you out to vote, probably none in your lifetime will.
    We have a lot at stake in next Tuesday's election, both nationally and locally.
    Of course, at the top of the ballot is the U.S. presidency, a hotly contested race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
    And, further down the ballot are the local races, some important races.
    Fayette County residents have been given a choice for three county offices – state's attorney, circuit clerk and coroner.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia Vandals clobbered Breese Central, 30-6, to end the football season with a perfect 9-0 mark. The Vandals were to host Piasa Southwestern in the first round of postseason playoffs.
    Josephine Burtschi, a noted Vandalia historian who established The Little Brick House, died at the age of 87.
    A white male in a Chevrolet Blazer robbed First Bank in Vandalia, getting away with an undisclosed amount.

  • Good luck, Vandals

    If there's one thing you can say about the Vandalia Vandals football team, it's that they never give up.
    The Vandals wrapped up their regular season last Friday, securing a share of the South Central Conference crown with a win over Greenville that broke a 17-year losing streak to the Comets.
    Now, the Vandals gear up for a playoff battle with Tolono Unity this Saturday at 2 p.m. It looks to be a tough contest against a team that has become a perennial postseason participant.

  • Memories of trick-or-treating

    The season is upon us … I mean the season of “trick or treat.”
    My trick or treat days did not begin until I was about 7 years old – 1958.
    In those days, the candy gathering took up both Saturday and Sunday nights. My folks were parents of six kids, so at any given Halloween, there were at least four of us, each with a grocery sack, out begging for candy.
    My maternal grandmother, Edna Gum, lived in a little bungalow on the corner of Eighth and Randolph streets, and this was our base of operations.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young boy grew up and retired in Sefton, graduated from and worked for the University of Illinois College of Agriculture.