Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This couple, who live in the Shafter area, are pictured in 1976.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Shelbyville won the Vandalia Holiday Tournament with a 4-0 record. Paul Lusk of Wesclin was named tournament MVP. Vandalia sophomore Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team.
    Patoka took third in the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament, with Scott Cain earning all-tournament honors.
    DAR winners in Fayette County were: Stephanie McGuire, LaGrove: Crystal Myers, St. Elmo; Lisa Luster, Brownstown; Tracy Sanders, Vandalia; and Deanna Eller, Ramsey.

  • Winter storm brings out area's hospitality

    On Sunday, Jan. 5, two of our adult sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters, ages 3 months and 3 years, were returning home to Mississippi from a belated Christmas holiday at our daughter’s home in Decatur. They tried to beat the winter storm, but got caught just outside of Farina on County Road 2400E and became trapped in a snow bank.

  • Cold, snow can't cool compassion of area residents

    A frigid blast of arctic weather and several inches of snow brought traffic and commerce in the Fayette County area to a halt this past week.
    But it didn’t do anything to curtail the hospitality of area residents.
    Despite the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in 15 years, people got out to check on relatives and help elderly neighbors. And those with trucks, tractors or four-wheelers with blades and buckets were busy helping people dig out from the drifting snow.
    We applaud those who used their equipment and abilities to meet the needs of others.

  • Walking tour shows much of city's history

    This topic was suggested by "Indiana" Bob Thompson, who’s Thompson Clan has chosen Vandalia as a meeting place for many family reunions. The roots of this family go deep into the historical strata of Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady has lived in the Ramsey area all her life.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Four inches of snow on top of frozen rain made traveling hazardous and filled local hotels and motels.

    35 Years Ago

    1978 – The federal excise tax on telephone service was to have dropped from 4 to 3 percent on Jan. 1.
    Charles Bowles, county highway superintendent, predicted that the new highway department headquarters on Ill. Rt. 185 would be completed by Feb. 1.
    The Frozen Open Golf Tournament on New Year’s Day was scheduled to tee off at 10 a.m.

  • Changing to a new address book not easy

    I think I might just do it this year. I might replace my old and tattered address book.
    I’m not the one to make New Year’s resolutions, because I can make lifestyle changes anytime during the year. However, changing to a new address book is a momentous undertaking, and the beginning of a new year seems the perfect time for it.