Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Stombaugh: We need to give back

    The grand marshal for this year’s Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade is a woman whose efforts to improve Vandalia are unparalleled.
    Jean Stombaugh’s memberships and leadership positions span several decades, and involve an incredible number of organizations. In each, she’s been a driving force to leave things in better condition than she found them.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, after serving in the military, worked in the agricultural products field in Fayette County. He still lives in the county.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The LaFayette Players presented “On Golden Pond.” Todd and Barbara McKellar had the lead roles.
    The Vandalia football team, trailing 20-0 at halftime, came back to shock Greenville, 42-41, in overtime. Brain Buscher caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Whitten, and Whitten then hooked up with Jimmy Joe Pruett for the two-point conversion.
    The Fayette County Board voted to discontinue providing housing for the Fayette County sheriff.