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We don’t know how or when this horrific saga of gun violence gripping Southern Illinois will end. Unfortunately, we feel certain that more heart-rending chapters of loss will be written before we reach a resolution.

Most Americans know Monday is Veterans Day, a day to honor those who serve in America’s armed forces or wore a uniform in service to our nation. Ceremonies will take place across Vermilion County and the country Monday to pay tribute to those who serve and have served.

When the Chicago Transit Authority awarded a contract for 800 new rail cars to CRRC Sifang in 2016, it looked like a good deal for everyone. The agency would get spiffy modern rolling stock to replace much of its aging fleet, at a savings of $226 million compared with the competing bid. The …

Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows the experience can have its, um, drawbacks. Dogs of our acquaintance have been known to shred rolls of toilet paper, gobble food off counters, bark furiously at squirrels and letter carriers, barf on rugs, whine to be walked no matter what the weather an…

The colors of autumn should be in full view by now, but the season appears to be a bit late in arriving this year. Many trees still hold mainly green leaves. But that will change — soon.

In October 2017, the federal Department of Health & Human Services declared a public health emergency to address the national opioid crisis. That year, drug overdoses killed a record-breaking 72,300 Americans, more than the yearly death tolls from HIV, car crashes, and gun deaths combined.

October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when the whole community can offer a bit of help to those who find their lives disrupted by violence from those closest to them.

The past 16 years have been nothing short of tumultuous across Iraq and Syria. The United States found that, in its hour of need, it could not rely on NATO ally Turkey to provide military support. Other allies recoiled. But on the ground, the Kurdish fighters of northern Syria and Iraq stood…

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates 268,600 American women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. It also estimates 41,760 women will die from the disease in 2019.

President Trump's path to reelection goes through the Democratic Party. Goal No. 1 is to get Democrats to eliminate his greatest threat: Joe Biden.

Today marks the beginning of the 79th National Newspaper Week, a time to appreciate the contributions newspaper make in their communities and to think about the consequences should newspapers disappear.

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives embarked on a rare mission last week as they began an impeachment investigation regarding the actions of President Donald Trump.

The timing could not have been better for Taxpayers United of America to release its 13th annual list of the highest local public pensions last week. Or for Moody’s Investment Service to share the disappointing news that Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation pension debt stills stands at more than a…

The nation just finished its observation of National Farm Safety and Health Week, but it’s not too late to remind drivers about the hazards that crop up during harvest in Illinois and Indiana.

The United Way of Danville Area recently kicked off its annual fundraising campaign. The effort deserves the support of all who call Vermilion County and western Indiana home.

Americans everywhere watched in horror Tuesday as broadcast outlets replayed the suicide missions carried out against the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Danville City Council members plan to decide soon whether to allow cannabis — marijuana — sales in the city, for medicinal or recreational uses. It’s an opportunity they should not ignore.

Remember when trade wars were “good, and easy to win”? President Donald Trump’s glib declaration has now been replaced by a new one, from his Senate surrogate, Lindsey Graham: Americans should “accept the pain” of Trump’s trade war with China.

This Week's Circulars


Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 16, at Blurton Funeral Home, 400 N. Vermilion St., Potomac, for Tracy McGill Hedrick, who died unexpectedly Friday, November 8, 2019. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Potomac Cemetery. T…

John William "Bill" Decker, 92, of Champaign, Ill., formerly of Hoopeston, Ill., passed away at 4:18 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill. He was born June 22, 1927, at home in Hoopeston, the son of John William Decker Sr. and Ruby K. (Finch) Decker. H…