Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Shoe box project makes difference for children

    Because of the amazing generosity of the residents of Fayette and Montgomery counties, Operation Christmas Child  was able to send 1,512 shoe boxes  filled with gifts to children  living in war-torn countries, areas of extreme poverty or nations affected by natural disasters.
    No one could tell that the world is going through tough economic times. The generosity of these residents came through once again.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1991 – Jerry Bozak accepted the position as Fayette County Hospital’s new administrator.
    City patrolwoman Lisa Osborne submitted her resignation to Chief Carrol Dugan on Friday.
    Birth – a girl, Brittany Leeann, to Mr. and Mrs. Troy White of Coffeen.

  • Aaron Gutridge tells the story of his family

    My favorite types of stories are those “straight from the horse’s mouth,” so to speak. The events in the lives of the earliest settlers, preserved in their own words, give an insight into the history of our country that no other source can duplicate.
    The following family story was told by Aaron Gutridge in 1872, and included in the "History of Champaign and Logan Counties, Ohio." Aaron, who was 79 years old at the time, stated that he wrote the few lines without the aid of glasses.