Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were-Dec. 15, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Fayette County Board was considering a resolution that would require inmates in the county jail to help pay their own medical expenses.
    The Vandalia wrestling team captured the title of the Civic Memorial Tournament for the second straight year.
    Everett and Paula Sasse were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, and Forrest “Shaner” and Cleta Lutz of Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 65th anniversary.

  • Statehouse Christmas always exciting

    This past Saturday evening, visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse participated in an annual tradition – the Christmas open-house at Illinois’ oldest capitol.

  • Blagojevich pleas too little, too late

    After years of playing with fire in the rough and tumble world of Chicago’s corrupt political machine, Rod Blagojevich finally got burned.
    Right up to the end, it appeared that he felt he could flash his boyish smile, crank up the bravado and walk away unscathed – just like he had from every other tight spot he’d been in. But last Wednesday, things changed.

  • Banks of the Okaw Dec. 8, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This dairy farm girl, pictured about 20 years ago, grew up in Seminary Township and now lives in Mulberry Grove.

  • Neil Clark explains vote on tax levy

    Editor's Note: Vandalia Alderman Neil Clark read this letter at Monday's city council meeting. He also submitted it as a letter to the editor.
    This city council will vote tonight to approve or disapprove a tax levy for the city for the fiscal year of 2011.
    On Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m., the council held a public meeting to discuss the tax levy for the 2011 fiscal year. The auditor for the city, Dale Timmermann, was present to be questioned and to answer questions regarding the proposed tax levy.

  • Mathilda Greenup Fraser grew with Vandalia

    When the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society sponsored the reprinting of the 1904 Historical Souvenir of Vandalia several years ago, I was one of those who purchased a copy for my personal library.

  • Small-town benefits shine during holidays

    This time of year, we’re reminded of why we love living in a small community.
    There are parades, church programs, school performances, community events and, of course, the general hustle and bustle of holiday shopping.
    The beauty of those events in a small town is that we know many of the people involved. We see our friends and neighbors at the events. And we marvel at the talents displayed our young people at the band and choral concerts.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 1, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, pictured more than a decade ago, is now 92.