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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – A fire,    reportedly caused by a cigarette, did an estimated $5,000 in damage to an apartment at the High School Apartments in Vandalia.
    Vandalia hosted a meeting of the I-70 Growth Association.
    Area meetings were being held on a proposed expansion of the Mulberry Grove Fire Protection District.

    20 Years Ago

  • Public's help needed to catch park vandals

    Editor:
    I am writing today in my role as president of the Vandalia Park District Board of Commissioners. We on the park board are charged with the privilege of trying to create an atmosphere in which our park superintendent, Gary Oldham, and his crew can keep our Vandalia parks as beautiful and well-maintained as possible.

  • E.M. Pope was blacksmith in Vandalia

    Elijah M. Pope began work as a blacksmith when, at age 16, he was apprenticed to learn the trade.

  • Local control of schools is best

    Years ago, in a movie called "Network," a now-famous line was uttered by a ranting television journalist. After recounting his concerns about the direction society was heading, he urged his listeners to go to their windows, lean out  and yell: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore."

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings, pictured in 1960, grew up in Fayette County.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These Cub Scouts, pictured nearly 50 years ago, are from the Vandalia area – and several still live here.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Students at Vandalia’s junior high and high school were being asked to address concerns voiced by local residents about students walking into traffic before school, during lunch and after school.
    The Vandalia City Council was considering a one-block extension of Kennedy Boulevard, by renaming the 100 block of South Third Street.
    Brownstown’s Erik Sefton was chosen to participate in the fifth annual Central Illinois All-Star Basketball Game.

  • Ordinance a concern to area farmer

    Editor:
    I have lived in Fayette County all my life. Forty years ago, I moved to the country to avoid zoning laws that infringe upon my freedom. Now, the county board is trying to slip county zoning through in the guise of an ordinance. We fought and beat county zoning several years back! I, for one, have a lot of questions about the new proposal.
    “ABANDONED VEHICLES” – I personally do not have any abandoned vehicles, but I should have the right to have a “parts” car if I want one.