Today's Opinions

  • You can join the effort to Save Our Pool

    For more than a year, you have been hearing about the need for extensive renovations to the Vandalia Park District’s swimming pool. This Friday, you can see for yourself many of the areas that need attention.
    And you can be a part of getting that work done.
    As it holds its first Moonlight Madness of the summer, the pool staff will also hold a water carnival, a special event that is part of the staff’s ongoing efforts to contribute to the pot of money for pool renovations.

  • Thank our veterans

    As I recently walked through the rows of stones in a local cemetery, I noticed that a lot of veterans have been forgotten.
    Many had no flags on their grave. I know it's a big project to supply flags on every veteran's grave in Fayette County.
    In past years, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars answered the call .
    It's not just on Memorial Day that we should honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

  • Theft of flowers from veteran's grave is frustrating to family

    I am the daughter of a deceased veteran. I would like to say “You’re welcome” to the person or persons who felt the need to remove the flower arrangement from my dad’s marker that my mother had gotten for Memorial Day. After all, he was a decorated World War II veteran.
    This has happened before – not only to us, but others as well. So sad.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dan Meyer was named superintendent of St. Elmo schools.
    Jim Virostko was hired as the new basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.
    Mulberry Grove’s top students were Erik Grigg, valedictorian, and Bob Jackson, salutatorian. At Brownstown, Lisa Luster and Stephanie Pruett were co-valedictorians, with Teresa Grubaugh salutatorian.
    John Campbell won the Golden Glove and Hustle awards for the Greenville College baseball team.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings grew up in the Vandalia area.

  • Emmett Kelly had MG family connection

    Emmett Kelly, who became famous the world over as “Weary Willie,” the sad-faced clown, had his beginnings in a small Kansas town.

  • Storm-shortened Relay For Life still raises $30,000

    Though Saturday's annual Relay For Life was cut short by threatening weather, the local fundraising event for the American Cancer Society still did an excellent job of raising funds in the fight against cancer.
    After months of preparation and other fundraising events – such as the Volley For The Cure, which raised about $7,000 – Saturday's even can still be deemed a success.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Hail and high winds broke windows, dented vehicles and destroyed roofs and crops in Fayette County. The damage was estimated at $15 million.
    South Central was the name chosen by students for the newly consolidated Farina LaGrove, Kinmundy-Alma school district.