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Today's Opinions

  • Volunteers, support needed

    It was just last week in this space that we noted the number of volunteers that made for a successful homecoming week in Vandalia. Now, we note the need for volunteers and support for upcoming projects and events in the community.
    For example, we have learned that volunteers are badly needed for Second Chance Animal Rescue. That program has been successfully adopting dogs with families and individuals for more than a decade.

  • Bibles help preserve our history

    One of the fun things I get to do as chair of the publications committee of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society is come up with ideas of material that we can publish and, therein, earn money to support our programs.

  • Bibles help preserve our history

    One of the fun things I get to do as chair of the publications committee of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society is come up with ideas of material that we can publish and, therein, earn money to support our programs.

  • Flowers a great downtown addition

    Editor,
    The flowers in downtown Vandalia are absolutely beautiful. They add so much to our city streets and are an asset that everyone can enjoy.
    I love seeing them and they instill me with pride. I’m sure visitors will make note of them as they drive through this special town of ours.
    Many, many thanks to those who provided them and to those who care for them.
    Beulah Brown
    Vandalia

  • Local support allows Lions to help others

    Editor,
    The Vandalia Lions Club is pleased to announce that the Lions Club International has responded to the needs to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
    In a letter received from International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, it was announced the Lions Club International Foundation responded to the disaster with an Emergency Catastrophe Grant in the amount of $100,000.

  • Journal tells a lot of local history

    Billyfrank Morrison of Clarksville, Tenn., did not know whose journal he had purchased at an estate auction in Louisville, Ky.; however, as he paged through the 3 ½-inch-by-6-inch blue notebook, he noted Illinois village names such as Avena, St. Elmo, Brownstown, Loogootee and St. Peter, along with Bush District and Brazel School. This led him to Fayette County and to me.
    Page one bears the date of Aug. 17, 1910 and the exclamation, “Eighteen years old today! Eighteen years since I entered this world of joy and sorrow and what have I done?”

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this youngster was taken when she was in kindergarten. She went through Vandalia Community High School, and worked at First National Bank in Vandalia while in high school and college. She now lives out of state, but returns home often.