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Editorials

  • Enjoy an Olde Tyme Christmas

    Though it’s still six weeks until Christmas, this weekend will get you in the holiday mood.
    It’s Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia. And that means that all your favorite holiday activities and characters will be available there – Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, trolly car rides, a live Nativity and music from Chime Masters Brass Bells. You’ll also find lots of specials from downtown merchants to help you save money as you begin your holiday shopping.

  • Thank a veteran on Veterans Day

    Monday is Veterans Day. It’s a day we set aside each year to honor those who have served our country through their participation in our military.
    Originally known as Armistice Day when it was begun in 1918, it was established to commemorate the end of World War I. It was celebrated at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, with the intention that it would be a day to honor all who have served in the armed forces to defend our country.

  • Thank a veteran on Veterans Day

    Monday is Veterans Day. It’s a day we set aside each year to honor those who have served our country through their participation in our military.
    Originally known as Armistice Day when it was begun in 1918, it was established to commemorate the end of World War I. It was celebrated at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, with the intention that it would be a day to honor all who have served in the armed forces to defend our country.

  • Drug seminar is worth investment

    Have you ever peered into the vacant eyes of a person high on drugs? Have you watched helplessly as their behavior becomes more and more erratic? Have you witnessed the pain that their choices inflict on friends and family members?
    If you’ve been touched in those ways, you know the horrors of watching a life disintegrate under the influence of illicit drugs.

  • Stombaugh: We need to give back

    The grand marshal for this year’s Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade is a woman whose efforts to improve Vandalia are unparalleled.
    Jean Stombaugh’s memberships and leadership positions span several decades, and involve an incredible number of organizations. In each, she’s been a driving force to leave things in better condition than she found them.

  • We all can help in cancer fight

    You may have noticed something different about today’s Leader-Union. Yes, two pages are printed on pink paper.
    We invested in that attention-grabbing paper because we’re observing breast cancer awareness month. And on that paper, we’ve printed a profile of Elloise Black, articles about breast cancer and advertising messages from caring local businesses to bring more attention to defeating this deadly disease.

  • Help prevent West Nile

    Though it seems too late in the year to be concerned about mosquito-borne illnesses, the reality is that insects infected with the West Nile Virus were detected in St. Elmo within the past couple weeks.
    That means it’s prudent to take precautions to prevent exposure to the disease.

  • Support musicial activities as well

    Each week, we devote several pages of The Leader-Union to covering the achievements of hundreds of our young people who are involved in sports of one sort or another. Those participants include preschoolers to adults, and the sports include (this time of year) football, baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer and cross country. Also a part of the sports pages are stock car racing and its small-scale cousin, radio-controlled car racing.

  • Plan to attend Grande Levée, Harvest Festival

    If you’re looking for something fun to do for the weekend, look no further than downtown Vandalia. The activities begin Friday evening and run throughout the day Saturday.
    The annual Grande Levée celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse will have its usual lineup of period activities that would’ve been part of such an event during the era when Vandalia served as the capital of the emerging state of Illinois in the 1820s and 1830s.

  • Share the roads with our farmers

    They’ve had more than enough time to prepare their equipment for this year’s harvest. And now, after a late season brought on by persistent spring rains and a cool summer, the corn crop is nearly ready.
    As a result, we can expect to see area farmers heading to the fields in great numbers in the next few days.
    That means two things: