Today's Opinions

  • Drug seminar is worth investment

    Have you ever peered into the vacant eyes of a person high on drugs? Have you watched helplessly as their behavior becomes more and more erratic? Have you witnessed the pain that their choices inflict on friends and family members?
    If you’ve been touched in those ways, you know the horrors of watching a life disintegrate under the influence of illicit drugs.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young fisherman, pictured nearly 20 years ago, is now a carpenter who lives and works in the Vandalia area.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue truck sustained major damage when it jumped into gear and rolled down an embankment after being called to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. Route 51 and Van Tran Avenue.
    Ramsey won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament. Shanin Whitten of Ramsey was named tournament MVP.
    Beth Herrington and Cindy Harrison represented Vandalia Community High School at the IHSA state tennis tournament.

  • Support our veterans and our military

    On Nov. 11, Veterans Day will be here.  This day is set aside to recognize our veterans for their service and duty. I ask that on this day that everyone thank every veteran they see. Because of these veterans,  we have a great democracy and keep it secured.

  • Article gives peek into early settlers' lives

    One day, while scanning microfilmed copies of what was described as “miscellaneous newspapers,” images from The Bingham Agriculturist from Jan. 24, 1889, appeared on the screen.

  • Speaker request shows bureaucratic nightmare

    When you are 76 years old and still feel the need to make a difference, it is more difficult to achieve that ambition. I live in a small world with few responsibilities beyond getting out of the fast lane.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This little boy, pictured 44 years ago, has lived in the Ramsey area all his life. He now farms.

  • James Carroll wrote family history at 96

    In 1928, when James Monroe Jernigan Carroll was 96 years old, he sat down and composed a paper he titled, "A Brief History of the Carroll and Elam Families."
    James Monroe Carroll was the oldest son of Raford and Sarah Jernigan Carroll. He was born Dec. 20, 1832, as recorded in the family Bible.