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Today's Opinions

  • Working to fill jobs, find staff

    Even though there are many claims on social media that there are no jobs available locally, and that we need more jobs, just the opposite appears to be true.
    During the initial meeting of the workforce development arm of the newly established Vandalia ONE initiative, there were numerous claims that there are many job openings, and that schools and businesses are working together to fill those openings.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – A crew from 20/20, an ABC news magazine, visited with Larry LeFevre, as it was doing a story on violence against divorce attorneys.
    Fayette County Hospital President Dan Gantz was given regional administrative duties by BJC Health System.
    Bob Thompson was elected chairman of the new Vandalia Tourism Commission.
    Ed Taylor Jr. opened Noise Music and Sound in the 300 block of West Main Street in Vandalia.
    Elizabeth Zeman of Vandalia received the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two cousins, born just a day apart, are about to celebrate their 75th birthdays. They hung around Four Mile Country Grocery Store back in the day. One lives in Decatur and the other in rural Brownstown.

  • Farm Bureau, KC ag pact great for ag

    When they learned that the University of Illinois was no longer interested in using land south of Brownstown given to them for research, the Fayette County Farm Bureau quickly acted.
    The Farm Bureau recaptured that land, then moved forward to continue research at that location while helping area students interested in careers in agriculture.
    The agriculture department at Kaskaskia College accepted the invitation to use the land for classes that give the students hands-on experience in planting, harvesting and research.

  • Another Lincoln tie to this county

    Several weeks ago, I wrote about the “founding” of Vandalia by commissioners sent to interior of Illinois for that purpose.

  • Another Lincoln tie to this county

    Several weeks ago, I wrote about the “founding” of Vandalia by commissioners sent to interior of Illinois for that purpose.

  • The story of the federal operation

    The stillness of the early morning was shattered by the ringing of the telephone on the bedside table, and my former father-in-law’s day was about to be ruined. It was 7:15 in the morning, and the caller asked Bob to come to the door.