.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Opinions

  • Give your input on bypass routes

    As the project to determine an Ill. Route 51 bypasses around area communities continues to creep along, the public once again has an opportunity to see the progress and offer input.
    The first of the local meetings was held Tuesday in Ramsey. Additional meetings are planned next week in Patoka (Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Patoka Civic Center) and in Vandalia (Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at  Mother of Dolors Parish Center).

  • Banks of the Okaw-July14, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured at age 7, grew up in Seminary Township. She is well known around Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool was ready to open after extensive rehabilitation work was completed.
    Reservations were being taken for the second annual Vandalia Community High School alumni banquet.
    A Centralia judge, Harold Pennock III, was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol following an auto accident in Centralia. The accident occurred a little more than an hour after Pennock completed his daily duties on the bench in Fayette County.

  • Still time to enjoy the fair

    Though the Fayette County Fair has been going on since last Saturday, there's still plenty of action to come before it completes its run this Saturday.
    One of the early activities this week was the crowning of the fair royalty. Reigning over the fair are Marisa Thomason (Miss Fayette County Fair), Brooke Mayfield  (Junior Miss Fayette County Fair) and Emma Grace Smith (Little Miss Fayette County Fair). Congratulations to those young women. They will continue to represent Fayette County at events throughout the next year.

  • DeMoulins made more than band uniforms

    What do you think of first when you hear the name, DeMoulin Brothers of Greenville?  

  • Banks of the Okaw-July 7, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, a native of Oklahoma, moved to Brownstown during the oil boom in the late 1930s. He played baseball for the Bombers and married a girl from Vandalia. They had two girls and one boy. Now, he  goes to Southern Texas in the winters.

  • The Way We Were-July 7, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Citing “immediate family concerns,” Republican candidate Marsha Sidwell Combs pulled out of the November state’s attorney’s race in Fayette County.
    Lorraine and Andy White of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jeanne and Ivan Witbracht were also celebrating their golden anniversary.
    Tom Turner, who had served as principal of South Central Elementary School, was chosen for the principal’s job at Patoka Elementary School.

  • James Lafayette Pryor murder is solved

    James Lafayette Pryor was murdered in the early morning of Dec. 17, 1899, while he slept.
    What made the killing of Pryor most unusual and mysterious was that sleeping beside him in the bed at the time of the incident were his wife, Lydia, and 11-year-old son, Grover.