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Today's Opinions

  • Becks among the first to come here

    The log cabin pictured with this column stood for generations in the Wright’s Corner neighborhood, sheltering the Beck family from wind and rain.
    It has seen the birthing of babies and been at center stage as the old folks died and their funerals were held from the front room.
    This particular log house was built by Miles R. Beck in about 1875.  Beck, who was born on March 22, 1846, in Fayette County, was the son of Joseph and Lydia Bankson Beck.

  • Becks among the first to come here

    The log cabin pictured with this column stood for generations in the Wright’s Corner neighborhood, sheltering the Beck family from wind and rain.
    It has seen the birthing of babies and been at center stage as the old folks died and their funerals were held from the front room.
    This particular log house was built by Miles R. Beck in about 1875.  Beck, who was born on March 22, 1846, in Fayette County, was the son of Joseph and Lydia Bankson Beck.

  • Cancer fund keeps money local to give aid

    It has been about 2 1/2 years since a group of local residents made the decision to pull away from the American Cancer Society and form their own group to assist people battling cancer. And it appears that their decision was a wise one.
    The Fayette County Cancer Fund was formed in October 2015, with the move made to ensure that donations made by individuals, businesses and organizations were used only to help local cancer patients.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These three children were born and raised in Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were both born and raised in Vandalia. She now lives south of Brownstown and he lives in Altamont.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Vandalia once had a paper mill

    According to the annals of history, the Vandalia’s Paper Mill was first built in 1885 by local promoters that included most of Vandalia’s prominent men.

  • Cleanup Week is next week

    How long have you been saying to yourself, "I have got to go through all of this stuff and get rid of some of it?" Well, next week is the time to do that.
    The city of Vandalia's annual Cleanup Week is next Monday through Friday.
    On the day of their regular trash pickup, Vandalia residents who are customers of Doty Sanitation can set out with their regular trash those unwanted items in their basement, attic or garage.
    It's the perfect opportunity to get rid of that junk that has been piling up around the house.