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Editorials

  • FAYCO recycling a good addition

    Next Wednesday, FAYCO Enterprises will mark yet another milestone in its 36-year history of serving individuals with disabilities in our area.

  • Shopping locally better than mall

    We've now survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we've even been subjected to a new phenomenon  – Black Thursday. That's the name given to sales that start on Thanksgiving Day.
    The national media has fanned the flames of these new examples of commercialism-gone-bad by highlighting the crazy antics of rude shoppers at the malls. We've seen fistfights, mad dashes for prized products and general displays of rudeness. It's all in the name of  getting a certain gift at any cost.

  • Santa to arrive this Saturday in Rotary parade

    Two weeks ago, Vandalia merchants officially kicked off the Christmas shopping season with the annual Olde Tyme Christmas celebration. It was a rousing success, with crowds of shoppers meandering through festively decorated stores in the downtown business district.
    Since then, Vandalia merchants have been putting their best foot forward as they've welcomed holiday shoppers.
    This weekend brings another landmark in the Christmas tradition in downtown Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo available. Photos are needed. Send to: The Leader-Union, P.O. Box 315, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Wally Bertram.
    Identifying him were: Al and Janette Sasse, and Alvin and Pat Riedle.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tumnie ouy lestet rof sles hant uyo veedres, oyu egt neev sels naht yuo lestdet rof.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • This Thanksgiving, really give thanks

    For many Fayette County residents, the year 2012 has been a wild ride.
    Take, for instance, the roller-coaster that our farmers have endured. First, it was one of the earliest springs on record, allowing them to plant their crops in record time. Then the rains shut off and the searing heat turned on – leaving the corn crop a shriveled shadow of the promise it had shown early in the season.

  • Come to Vandalia for good olde tyme

    The Christmas decorations are up, the city's tree is in place at the top of Gallatin Street and the merchants have their stores stocked with all sorts of Christmas presents.
    It's Christmas time in Vandalia!
    This Friday's Olde Tyme Christmas celebration officially kicks off the of the holiday season in Vandalia. Events run from 5-9 p.m. in stores throughout the downtown area. You'll find special pricing, fully stocked shelves and helpful merchants, ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

  • Remember our veterans on Nov. 11

    Directly on the heels of Tuesday’s election day, we’ll observe Veterans Day on Sunday. Though they are very different days, they’re bound together by a common theme.
    Both are centered on a key element of our nation: freedom.
    Our elections are a key element in preserving our democracy. We’re free to vote our conscience in our elections – whether it’s in the presidential race or in the most obscure local position on the ballot.

  • Your vote counts; vote on Tuesday

    Election day is next Tuesday. Are you ready?
    Have you studied the candidates so you can cast an informed vote? Have you checked their records and their positions on various issues that are key to the way that they’ll approach the job? Have you compared their backgrounds and experience to know if they’re prepared to handle the job?
    If not, it’s time to get started.

  • Enjoy the season with parade and trick or treating

    There's a lot going on in Vandalia this week. And with all the interesting things to do, we urge you to make plans to participate in some of them.
    It all kicks off Thursday night at 7 p.m. with the Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade. Known as one of the premier parades in this part of the state, the event features dozens of floats, a number of high school bands and a wide variety of walking entries.

  • School, teachers pact a good sign

    Earlier this month, as the Vandalia Board of Education and the union representing the district’s teachers reached a contract settlement, it was a win for both sides.
    Talks between the two groups had been going on since last spring, and had included one arbitration meeting in September when the two sides couldn’t come up with a compromise that they could live with. A second arbitration meeting had been scheduled, but never was held.
    The teachers had been working without a contract since the new fiscal year began July 1.