Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council accepted the resignation of Jeanne Gustafson, who had headed up the city’s economic development efforts for the previous 6½ years. Gustafson accepted a similar job in Mt. Vernon.
    Vandalia Correctional Center Warden Mike Baker reported that the construction of a new work camp at VCC was “moving right along.” The work camp was to house 400 minimum-security beds and employ 155 staff members.
    Albert and Rena Torbeck were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Vandalia Memories
  • Sutherland gets to know MLK, Foxx

    With the commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King this week, I remembered reading of a Fayette County connection to this early leader in the civil rights movement.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – At its annual banquet, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Paul Zeman and “Beeb” and Billye Staff.
    Raymond and Betty Reiss of St. Peter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    25 Years Ago

    1991 – Hundreds of people attended a patriotic rally Saturday night in the South Central High School gym in Farina in support of local servicemen in the Middle East.
    If approved, Vandalia was to receive $75,000 in federal funds for work on Coles Street.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This woman grew up in the Ramsey area in a family of seven girls and two boys.

  • County fighting drugs, tough financial issues

    As the Fayette County Sheriff's Office continues to fight the battle against drug use in the county, the Fayette County Board continues to battle with its finances.
    Neither is an easy battle, and both require a lot of work.
    Two front-page articles in this week's issue show that the sheriff's office is committed to finding drug users and sellers, and that it's having some success.

  • Gazetteer gives some county history

    Am I the only one who bought himself or herself a Christmas present this year?