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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Beulah Brown of Vandalia was named the recipient of a Governor’s Award for Unique Achievement. The award recognized Brown’s outstanding contributions to caring for elderly people.
    Robert and Corrine Baggett of Vandalia took a Caribbean cruise to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.
    The student council at Vandalia Community High School spent a little more than $1,000 for outdoor steel furniture that was installed outside the VCHS gym.

  • Skill development centers provide needed jobs

    Editor:
    As the retiring executive director of FAYCO Enterprises, I was extremely disappointed with an NBC segment of Rock Center last Friday. I believe that the segment was not “fair and balanced.” There is a video on YouTube that does an excellent job of explaining how we pay the people we work with in our agency (www.youtube/QD_G8LqdL98). We will also have a link to this video on our website (www.fayco.org) under Industrial Projects.

  • Jacket offers unexpected history lesson

    There are many places I can visit if I am in search of history – a historic site, library, antique store or museum. Each of these places pretty much guarantees a look at the past through interpretive displays, a guided tour or use of research materials.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – The Vandalia City Council approved a pay hike of 3 percent for those city employees who are not covered by unions. Those union employees, in the public works and police departments, received the same pay hikes through union contracts. Those given pay increases by the council include workers in the city clerk’s office.
    The list of candidates for chief of police in Vandalia was narrowed from 32 to seven by city officials.

  • 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.