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Today's Opinions

  • Isaac Hill produced early map of area

    Last week, I wrote about Paul Beck, who came to the Big Spring area of Carson Township in search of a good place to build a fort. This was around 1805.
    Soon after Beck had determined  what was the best location for his fort, he met a prominent Indian chief, who bid him welcome and professed great friendship. The Indian invited Beck to come and make his home among them, which he did.
    He built a double-log home near the gushing waters of the big spring that he would later be identified with.

  • School's open – drive carefully, get involved

    School’s in session!
    As area students and teachers returned to the classroom this week, the beginning of another school year affects more than their daily schedules. It impacts the entire community.
    First and foremost, we urge motorists to use extreme caution around schools and other high-traffic intersections in town. Students on their way to and from school have many things on their minds, and safely sharing the road with motorists is frequently not on the top of the list. Be extra vigilant, particularly in the hour before school and after school.

  • Remember the basic values that made America great

    Editor:
    If you’re like me, you’re concerned about trends of morality, drug use, political correctness, the family and the honesty of politicians taking place in our country.
    When we forget the beginnings of this nation, it is easy to lose our perspective and our footing, and get far off course.
    Some who are currently in power seem determined to deny the role of Christianity and the Bible in our nation’s beginning, and seem resentful and apologetic regarding America’s greatness and exceptionalism throughout the years.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – The Fayette County Board looked over the final plans for a courthouse renovation and addition project, and voted 10-3-1 to proceed with the project.
    A ground-breaking ceremony was held in St. Elmo for Deken Sports Park. The complex will include a baseball diamond, softball diamond, two basketball courts, a jogging/walking path, a children’s play area and four picnic pavilions.
    Earl and Helen Shelton were celebrating their 60th anniversary, and Forrest and Elva Johnson were marking their golden anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two siblings, pictured in 1930, lived during their childhood in the Shobonier area.

  • George Beck made forts unnecessary here

    After years spent in searching for proof that at least one fort or blockhouse had been put up in Fayette County during the Indian years, I finally found my proof … no forts or blockhouses were ever built here.    
    My proof was lying in the manuscript of George Beck, a great-grandson of Paul Beck, who was credited with being the first white person to settle within what is now Fayette County.

  • Voluntary cleanup better than rules

    The Fayette County Board asked for input on a proposed solid waste ordinance. At Tuesday’s public hearing, it got an earful!
    The hearing attracted nearly 200 people, and virtually no one had anything good to say about the ordinance – the stated purpose of which is to protect citizens from nuisances deemed “potentially injurious to public safety, health and welfare.”

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – An evening house fire in Vernon claimed the lives of Elzy and Pauline Gehrken.
    Brownstown Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Jones reported that the district needed to take on a construction project to ease overcrowding at the elementary school. The district filed an application for state funds to help with the project.
    The Vandalia City Council approved an ordinance allowing for massage therapy and tanning parlors in the city.