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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four brothers and a sister were pictured about 55 years ago.

  • Positively better on Fourth Street

    With only a few details remaining to be completed, Vandalia residents now can see what the streetscape project will do to improve the appearance of the 100 and 200 blocks of South Fourth Street.
    And it’s significant.
    The new sidewalks are a huge improvement (for cosmetics appearance as well as pedestrian safety), the period lighting ties those blocks into the improvements made on Gallatin Street and the asphalt overlay gives the street a like-new appearance.

  • Jeremiah, Mary Evans were early settlers

    Jeremiah and Mary "Polly" Larimer Evans of Washington County, Va., were among the first group of settlers, mostly kin, to come to what is now Bear Grove Township in Fayette County before 1820. This was then Bond County.

  • Pension reform must be faced

    It’s time. In fact, it’s well past time.
    Illinois legislators must deal with the state’s pension crisis.
    They had an opportunity during the recent legislative session, but left Springfield without any meaningful progress.

  • Rich, black soil draws farmers to area

    While leafing through a back issue of the genealogy quarterly of the Montgomery County Genealogical Society, headquartered in Litchfield, a series of letters written by Jacob Cress and Daniel Ludwick in the 1830s caught my attention.
    Addressed to family members still living in  Cabarrus County, N.C., the men, who were brothers-in-law, wrote letters encouraging their family to leave the “old wourn out red fields” of North Carolina and come to Illinois, were the land “is as rich and black as you wold want it.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 50 years ago, still plays the drums. He is semi-retired and still lives in the Vandalia area.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – A children’s activity area was added to the schedule for the Grande Levée. The area was sponsored by Baroque Folk, and was staffed by members of Vandalia Girl Scout Troop No. 381.
    Tonya Cox was valedictorian of the class of 1993 at Vandalia Community High School, and Arpad Walker was salutatorian.
    Tiffany Slater was valedictorian of the graduating class at Patoka High School, and Jennifer Britt was salutatorian.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured in 1938, lived in Loogootee.