Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Based on an ordinance, water rates for residents of Vandalia were increased by 7.01 percent and sewer rates were hiked by 1.48 percent.
    After hearing residents in the area of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street voice complaints about speeders, the Vandalia City Council agreed to consider making the intersection of Sunset and Fillmore streets a four-way stop.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Pictured are two friends, one of whom still lives in the area and the other in Decatur.
    Do you know them? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Sister experienced weather issues

    I have never been in a hurricane, never experienced a tornado and I have never experienced floodwaters in my home.
    My heart goes out to those who live in Texas and are struggling with the continued fury of Hurricane Harvey.
    Whereas I have never experienced these events, my sister, Sandy, a former Navy wife, lived through this and more. Her first years of marriage exposed her to tropical storms while stationed with her husband at Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Ga.

  • TAILS helps both parties

    The program that sends rescue dogs to Vandalia Correctional Center and then sends trained dogs back to the rescue is, as Assistant Warden of Programs John Fatheree says, "a win-win for everyone."
    Through TAILS (Teaching Animals & Inmate Life Skills), dogs from Second Chance Animal Rescue are taken to VCC, where they are hooked up with pairs of offenders.
    The offenders are totally responsible for the dogs as they live with them, and that responsibility includes training the animals.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Klan in Fayette County

    In May 1923, the Ramsey News-Journal newspaper reported that seven hooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan entered the Christian church at Herrick and presented the pastor with $50 for the church building fund.

  • Be safe during eclipse

    We will experience a rare natural eclipse next Monday, when the moon gets between the earth and sun, and casts a shadow over the earth.
    In this part of the country, the eclipse will begin shortly before noon and end at roughly 2:44 p.m., with the maximum eclipse being about 1:20 p.m.
    It will, indeed, be quite a sight to see ... but one that can only be viewed by taking precautions.
    The National Aeronautics and Space Agency provides the following safety guidelines:

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Rachel Engel of Farina was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair. Jaida Etcheson won the Little Miss Fayette County competition.
    Brad Horner of Vandalia received a state proficiency award in sheep production.

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – The Vandalia City Council approved a plan to extend Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street. The project estimate was $183,000.