Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Rose Hawkins tells of early Ramsey

    The following was published in the Ramsey News-Journal in March 1981, having been sent in by Rose Stanfield Hawkins, who was 9 years old when her family arrived in Ramsey on Oct. 18, 1908.

  • Three alumni worthy of tribute

    If they take advantage of it, the education that students can acquire in Vandalia's schools can take them far – the recipients of the Vandalia Alumni and Friends Foundation are proof of that.
    This Saturday, the foundation will honor Robert E. Chandler, Tim Merriman and Jim Staff.
    Chandler has completed a successful career in the auto industry, Merriman is well-known for his work and Staff has served his hometown as a leader in both the field of education and in community service.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Enloe early figure in state's history

    Some time ago, I was asked by John Coleman of Bond County if I would like to see an old ledger book of Asahel Enloe.

  • Survey shows teens need help

    The numbers are staggering:
    • Almost 60 percent of sophomores in Fayette County have tried alcohol or regularly drink it.
    • Almost half of them have tried cigarettes or currently smoke.
    • 15 percent have tried marijuana or use it regularly.
    • 36 percent have been sexually active before the age of 17, of those, only 15 percent say that they always practice safe sex.
    • Almost a third reported feeling "sad or hopeless" for two weeks or more in a row.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two children, at a local daycare, play beauty shop, with the girl using a hair dryer on her playmate.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 – Interstate Commerce Commission and Clinton County officials touted Enhanced 911 emergency phone services as Fayette County voters were preparing to vote on an Enhanced 911 referendum.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s downtown revitalization committee announced its City of Candles project. The committee was encouraging local residents and business owners to put electric candles in their windows during the upcoming holiday season.

    25 Years Ago