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Today's Opinions

  • The search for Curney Wicker

    Curney M. Wicker was born in Marshall County, Tenn., in 1836, a son of Abel and Mary Wicker, and was brought by his parents to Fayette County as an infant.    

  • Few days left for local survey

    If you have responded to the local survey on the continuation of recycling services in Vandalia, you only have a few days left to do so.
    The survey takes just a few minutes, if that, and lets city officials know whether city water customers are willing to have a monthly surcharge of $1.25 added to their water bills.
    That surcharge will help to fund the recycling programs currently offered by FAYCO Enterprises and the Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council was closer to hiring the first city administrator for the town. The field of 43 applicants was narrowed to four finalists, and they were interviewed by aldermen.
    The Deb Keeling family was chosen as the first partner family for a Fayette County Habitat for Humanity house.
    Rebecca and Jack Hill of Ramsey were celebrating their 40th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in this photo, taken in 1946, was born and reared in a small town west of Vandalia.

  • The history of Wright's Corner

    I was recently asked where the ideas for my articles come from.
    My reply was that sometimes the subject of an article is suggested by a question I am asked or by something I had read that piqued my interest and spurred my want to know.
    The following article, on Wright’s Corner, is an example of this.  While having chemo this past Thursday, a woman told me that she had read my articles for some time and had been wondering when I would get around to writing about Wright’s Corner.

  • Driving? Put that cell phone down

    The next time you go to pick up your cell phone while driving, remember the June 2015 accident that resulted in the three deaths caused when a driver hit a school bus or the accident in March of this year when 13 people died after the church bus in which they were riding was hit by a texting driver.
    This is Distracted Driver Awareness Week and all levels of local law enforcement are putting an increased emphasis on looking out for drivers talking or texting on a cell phone.

  • Vandalia Memories