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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Dr. Phillip Good was the new emergency medical director at Fayette County Hospital.
    First National Bank in Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka handed out checks to 30 area organizations. In the first five  years of its Hometown Support Program, the bank handed out more than $50,000 to more than 50 organizations.
    As they considered changing the city’s form of government, Vandalia officials discussed the roles of a mayor and city administrator under the city administrator form of government.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1956, shows a father and first-born daughter.

  • Legislators must address finances

    The Illinois General Assembly’s lame duck session ended Tuesday with a whimper, as legislators once again refused to deal with the state’s out-of-control finances.
    After failing to come up with a plan to begin fixing the $96 billion (billion!) pension shortfall, the house and senate adjourned – kicking the can down the road to be dealt with by the next legislative session.
    Or the next. Or the next.

  • Several bridges have spanned the Kaskaskia

    According to the Jan. 18, 1823, issue of the Illinois Intelligencer newspaper, a bridge built by A.H. Muckel spanned the Kaskaskia River by that date.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Elvis Presley commemorative stamps went on sale at the Vandalia Post Office, and all were gone within an hour.
    Maranatha Felmlee, the reigning Miss Fayette County, was competing in the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant in Springfield.
    A logjam in the Kaskaskia River threatened to damage the city of Vandalia’s river intake and a United Cities Gas Co. Line.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture shows the cast of a play, "The Eyes of Faith," performed in about 1955 at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • County courthouse has unique history

     We in Fayette County are very proud of that fact that of the state’s 102 counties, Fayette County is the only Illinois county whose courthouse was once a private residence.

  • Vandalia enjoys time in spotlight

    Though Vandalia has had a number of local residents who have had their individual moments in the spotlight, it’s not common that the city itself has taken center stage.
     It happened 50 years ago, when writer-turned-sociologist Joseph Lyford came to town. After interviewing dozens of locals and observing the way things get done here, he wrote a book – “The Talk In Vandalia” – that described the community as it was in 1962.