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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 – A children’s activity area was added to the schedule for the Grande Levée. The area was sponsored by Baroque Folk, and was staffed by members of Vandalia Girl Scout Troop No. 381.
    Tonya Cox was valedictorian of the class of 1993 at Vandalia Community High School, and Arpad Walker was salutatorian.
    Tiffany Slater was valedictorian of the graduating class at Patoka High School, and Jennifer Britt was salutatorian.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: This resident of St. Elmo and graduate of Brownstown High School served a long tenure on the Fayette County Board, including a stint as its chairman.

  • Another loss could be worse

    Sadly, downtown Vandalia lost another business and building to fire late Monday night and early morning. While we mourn yet another such loss to a business district that has taken big hits due to catastrophy.
    And while we lament over the fire that destroyed Capitol View Restaurant at Fourth and Gallatin streets, we have to at the same time remain thankful that the loss could have been much, much bigger.
    The credit for that goes to Vandalia's volunteer firefighters, with assistance from Brownstown firemen.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Becks among the first to come here

    The log cabin pictured with this column stood for generations in the Wright’s Corner neighborhood, sheltering the Beck family from wind and rain.
    It has seen the birthing of babies and been at center stage as the old folks died and their funerals were held from the front room.
    This particular log house was built by Miles R. Beck in about 1875.  Beck, who was born on March 22, 1846, in Fayette County, was the son of Joseph and Lydia Bankson Beck.

  • Becks among the first to come here

    The log cabin pictured with this column stood for generations in the Wright’s Corner neighborhood, sheltering the Beck family from wind and rain.
    It has seen the birthing of babies and been at center stage as the old folks died and their funerals were held from the front room.
    This particular log house was built by Miles R. Beck in about 1875.  Beck, who was born on March 22, 1846, in Fayette County, was the son of Joseph and Lydia Bankson Beck.

  • Cancer fund keeps money local to give aid

    It has been about 2 1/2 years since a group of local residents made the decision to pull away from the American Cancer Society and form their own group to assist people battling cancer. And it appears that their decision was a wise one.
    The Fayette County Cancer Fund was formed in October 2015, with the move made to ensure that donations made by individuals, businesses and organizations were used only to help local cancer patients.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These three children were born and raised in Vandalia.