Today's Opinions

  • Explicit lyrics aren't appropriate at school

    All of the patrons at last Friday night’s Vandalia Community High School boys junior varsity basketball game got quite a shock. I am not talking about a last-second buzzer-beater – or anything to do with the game, for that matter.

  • P.C. Bascom recalls Bluff City School

    As the 1938 Bluff City School reunion approached, P.C. Bascom, a former early resident, was contacted regarding his earliest memories of the school. His response by letter, dated Aug. 8, 1938, was published in The Vandalia Union newspaper and contained the earliest history to date on this school.

  • Fee hikes not the real answer

    It’s no secret that Fayette County is not in a strong position financially.
    For the past several years, the county board has regularly dipped into its capital improvement fund just to keep county offices functioning and to meet payroll. We’ve expressed our concern about that practice – saying that the fund (which came from the sale of the county’s mineral rights) was intended to be used to repair or replace county buildings. Yet the capital improvement fund continues to shrink.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This couple, who live in the Shafter area, are pictured in 1976.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Shelbyville won the Vandalia Holiday Tournament with a 4-0 record. Paul Lusk of Wesclin was named tournament MVP. Vandalia sophomore Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team.
    Patoka took third in the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament, with Scott Cain earning all-tournament honors.
    DAR winners in Fayette County were: Stephanie McGuire, LaGrove: Crystal Myers, St. Elmo; Lisa Luster, Brownstown; Tracy Sanders, Vandalia; and Deanna Eller, Ramsey.

  • Winter storm brings out area's hospitality

    On Sunday, Jan. 5, two of our adult sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters, ages 3 months and 3 years, were returning home to Mississippi from a belated Christmas holiday at our daughter’s home in Decatur. They tried to beat the winter storm, but got caught just outside of Farina on County Road 2400E and became trapped in a snow bank.

  • Cold, snow can't cool compassion of area residents

    A frigid blast of arctic weather and several inches of snow brought traffic and commerce in the Fayette County area to a halt this past week.
    But it didn’t do anything to curtail the hospitality of area residents.
    Despite the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in 15 years, people got out to check on relatives and help elderly neighbors. And those with trucks, tractors or four-wheelers with blades and buckets were busy helping people dig out from the drifting snow.
    We applaud those who used their equipment and abilities to meet the needs of others.

  • Walking tour shows much of city's history

    This topic was suggested by "Indiana" Bob Thompson, who’s Thompson Clan has chosen Vandalia as a meeting place for many family reunions. The roots of this family go deep into the historical strata of Vandalia.