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Today's Opinions

  • Keep prom night safe – not tragic

    With the school year winding down, this is an activity-packed time of year.
    Graduation plans are being made, band and chorus concerts are scheduled, spring sports are moving toward the culmination of their season and proms are being held at schools throughout the county.
    It is the proms that give parents and school officials the most reason to worry.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady, who was 18 at the time this photo was taken, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of her graduation from Vandalia High School this year.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Wanda Walton retired from First Bank in Vandalia after working there 44 years.
    A reorganization of the Vandalia School District’s central office was approved. The reorganization included the reassignment of Jeff Endres, the district’s business manager for 13 years, to a teaching position.
    The city of Vandalia was still working to get rid of the odor spreading from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
    The Vandalia Main Street Executive Board began the work necessary to get a program manager hired.

  • Mayor thwarted plan for KKK parade

    In May 1923, The Ramsey News-Journal newspaper reported that seven hooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan entered the Christian Church at Herrick and presented the pastor with $50 for the church building fund.
    It was generally believed they were members of the Ramsey Klan, although it had been reported that there was a goodly number of the Klan in and around Herrick.

  • Donations aid local food bank

    When people are in need, the residents of Fayette County are always quick to help.
    That reputation was confirmed once again in recent weeks when a call went out that funds for the Central Illinois Food Bank had been cut, and that it would no longer be available to bring its mobile food bank to Fayette County.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two sisters, were born in the 1950s and grew up in Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two sisters, were born in the 1950s and grew up in Vandalia.

  • Samuel Griffith implicated in failed dam

    Samuel Griffith was born on Jan. 23, 1793, in New York State, where his Welsh ancestor had settled nearly 20 years before.
    He traveled to Pennsylvania, locating near Laurel Hill, and married Mary Ann Beckley on Jan. 1, 1811.  Their 10 children were born in Pennsylvania.