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Today's Opinions

  • Justice dukes it out with Illinois governor

    As I mentioned in last week’s article, I am a volunteer at the Vandalia Statehouse. In doing so, I have learned some interesting history – not only of the building and of the artifacts housed there, but of the men who were officeholders during the years 1819 to 1839.

  • Make an effort to vote in primary

    Next Tuesday, citizens in Fayette County – and all across Illinois – have the privilege of controlling their own destiny.
    By taking 15 minutes of their time, driving a few miles out of their way and engaging their brain for a few minutes, they can make a difference.
    They can vote.
    Tuesday’s primary election, while it doesn’t have many contested races, it is the first step in determining the makeup of our general election races this fall.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – The Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital donated $38,000 to purchase new laparoscopic equipment.
    Fayette County Hospital held its first-ever health fair.
    Vandalia Junior High School boys basketball players Seth VonBehren and Zach Gummert were  named MVPs.
    Brownstown beat Mulberry Grove 15-13 and 15-10 in the eighth-grade volleyball regionals on Tuesday in Ramsey.
    Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. Jones of Salem were to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on March 18.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Paula (Smith) Roach, Debbie (Little) Smith, Jon Smith and David Little.
    Identifying them were: Juanita Workman, Robert and Helen Smith, Dee Filer, Judy Kaiser and the Bones.
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  • Judge Henry's desk in Vandalia Statehouse

    Beginning in January of this year, I answered the call of Vandalia Statehouse Site Superintendent Steve Riddle to volunteer a few hours a week at the historic site.

  • Be prepared for severe weather

    The tornado that devastated Harrisburg last Wednesday should serve as a warning that we’ve now entered the season in which such storms are possible.
    That powerful storm claimed six lives and injured more than 100 citizens – leaving a swath of destruction across a wide area of Southern Illinois.
    Similar storms have hit Southern Indiana and parts of Kentucky in recent days.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four young people, pictured in 1976 on their way to Sunday School, all grew up around the Hagarstown area. Now, three of them live within two miles of each other.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – The Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors and the St. Peter Village Board agreed to purchase the St. Peter Clinic from Richard Courson.
    Ramsey's Village Board accepted the resignation of policeman Carl Rogers on Monday.
    St. Elmo claimed the championship of its own regional basketball tournament on Friday.
    Vandalia Jr. Wrestlers took five firsts in the Marion wrestling tournament on Feb. 29.
    Birth – Luke Aaron to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Osborne of Litchfield.