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Editorials

  • Get involved; run for office

    Municipalities and school districts throughout our area – and the state – are facing tough times financially, with much of it due to our state’s financial troubles. We depend on the individuals who live among us to represent us and get us through those tough times.
    Next April, we will be electing individuals to our municipal and school board positions. Hopefully, there will be many of you out there who will consider serving your communities through those positions.

  • Homecoming, Corn Day have a lot to offer

    Between the activities planned by Vandalia Community High School, the Vandalia Community Schools Foundation and the Vandalia Main Street Program, local residents will have a lot of ways to enjoy the weekend.
    The high school is in the midst of its homecoming week celebration, which includes the homecoming parade at 2:30 p.m. and the homecoming football game at 7 p.m. on Friday. The homecoming parade will follow its traditional route in making its way downtown.

  • Support co-op's rummage sale this Saturday

    It promises to be hog heaven for rummage sale fans.
    This Saturday's rummage sale, which will line several blocks of Gallatin Street with treasures of all descriptions, will feature dozens of vendors – all within easy walking distance.

  • Harvest safety is no accident

    Though it seems too early to talk about harvest, the reality is that much of this year’s corn crop is ready and some farmers are already heading to the fields.
    That means it’s time to renew our awareness of safety practices during the harvest season – both in the fields and on the roads.
    The Illinois State Police this week issued a reminder to motorists that they’ll once again be sharing the roadways with farm machinery.

  • Schools are in session; use extra caution

    In case you haven’t noticed the increased morning and afternoon traffic around area schools, we’ll give you a gentle reminder that school is now in session.
    For those of us whose daily route takes us past a school, that means we must pay closer attention to students on their way to or from school. Whether they’re elementary school students who are prone to dash into the street or teens who are preoccupied with their cell phones as they walk or drive, school zones can be dangerous areas.

  • School budgets getting squeezed by state's crisis

    Though the State of Illinois’ fiscal crisis has impacted nearly every citizen, business and organization operating in the state, it has come home to roost visibly this time of year for Illinois school districts.
    All across the state, school boards and administrators are launching into a new school year with absolutely no idea of how they’re going to keep their schools operating.

  • Keep up search for bypass plan

    Though the Illinois Department of Transportation had already announced its intentions to “take a couple steps back” in the process of determining a route for a U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, a meeting last Wednesday with more than 125 northside residents gave the engineers a clear sense of the local concerns about the proposed bypass route.
     It was, as state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) described it, evidence that “democracy works.”

  • New & improved website unveiled

    If you have been a regular visitor to our website, www.leaderunion.com, you likely already know that we have unveiled a new and improved product.
    If you haven’t been a regular visitor, check it out.
    Our new website offers more content, is much more reader-friendly and allows more opportunities for you, our readers, to participate in our online version of The Leader-Union.

  • Y building shows power of dreams aided by means

    “So, what do you think?”
    That was the question posed by YMCA Board President Rick Myers to the crowd assembled Saturday at the dedication ceremony for the new building that houses the Family YMCA of Fayette County.
    Spontaneous applause was their reaction to the unveiling of the $1.25 million, 16,952-square-foot facility.

  • St. Elmo project shows initiative

    It's no secret that our country is going through some difficult economic times. In the midst of that climate, many small, rural communities are doing whatever they can to preserve and attract jobs. In St. Elmo, city officials and residents are joining an Effingham man to take on a project that could greatly enhance their community.