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Today's Opinions

  • Being atop list of deficit states not a good spot

    As the fiscal year came to a close June 30, state financial officers issued their annual report on the state’s financial condition.
    It’s not a pretty picture.
    Though the report lags one year behind, it shows that the state is now in the worst financial condition of any state in the nation. As of June 30, 2011, our deficit of just under $44 billion easily topped runners up New Jersey ($34 billion) and California ($11 billion). The Land of Lincoln’s shortfall grew by 16.8 percent from the previous year, according to William Holland, auditor general.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This aunt and niece, pictured in 1967, live in the Vandalia area.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The city of Vandalia was considering rejoining the I-70 Growth Association, several years after dropping its membership.
    Amy and J.D. Vieregge of Vandalia bought the 28th house built by a building trades class at the Okaw Area Vocational Center. The house is located on East Fork Drive.
    Wilbert and Elenora Yagow of St. Elmo were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and Wilmer and Pauline Yagow of Kinmundy were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • John Doyle Lee implicated in massacre

    “About 40 years ago John D. Lee, the leader of the Mountain Meadow massacre, was living in the north part of this township [Sefton], near where John Reynolds now lives. Mr. Reynolds remembers him distinctly as a still, morose man of considerable ability, and not well-liked by his neighbors, probably on account of the Mormon doctrines preached by him, which were very unpopular at that time.” Page 82, History of Fayette County, Illinois – 1878.

  • Celebrate the Fourth safely

    As we prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July next Wednesday, it’s more important than ever to celebrate safely.
    Not only do we face the usual dangers related to fireworks, this year’s dry conditions make it extra important that we celebrate safely. And with triple-digit temperatures forecast for the next several days, the dry conditions will only get worse. When things are this dry, it doesn’t take much to get a brush fire started.

  • Banks of the Okaw


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two local women graduated from Miss Hickey's School for Secretaries in 1953.

  • Banks of the Okaw


    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two local women graduated from Miss Hickey's School for Secretaries in 1953.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Glenn Poshard, the Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, visited Vandalia.
    In his weekly column, Charles W. Mills wrote about Charles Lindbergh's flight over the Atlantic and his frequent visits to the airport in St. Elmo.
    Counselors at Vandalia Community High School and Vandalia Chamber of Commerce officials joined together for a job shadowing program for high school students.