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Today's Opinions

  • Childhood memories of wash day

    The washer broke yesterday. Oh, I can’t say it was much of a surprise. It had begun to make funny noises about three weeks ago.
    It didn’t owe me anything, as the saying goes. I had bought it used 10 years earlier and it had served me well. However, when it died, it was at the beginning of the wash cycle; I was faced with a medium-sized load of unwashed clothes.
    It was as I was wringing out a pair of socks that a picture of my mother came to mind, bent over a tub in the basement, scrubbing on her washboard.

  • Wise decision by county board

    County residents have heard about a possible new ordinance, one that would govern the use of low-speed vehicles on rural roads in the county. Now, they have an opportunity to take a look at what has been proposed.
    The Fayette County Board last Thursday rejected such an ordinance, though that document – or a revised version of it – may come up again in the future.
    If a low-speed vehicle ordinance does resurface, at least it will be after county residents have an opportunity to take a look at what has been proposed and offer their opinions.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This This young lady grew up in the Pittsburg area, and she has worked in the banking and insurance business. She has been married for more than 30 years, and has two beautiful daughters and an adorable great-granddaughter.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: niogtainaim si eomr tponarimt atnh egnoedwlk.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
    Unscrambling it were: RuthAnn Garrison, Larry Cable, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Cy and Lorene Locke, Elizabeth Kasten, Diana Roe, Carolyn Maske, Andrew Crosswait, and Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – A little more than 200 people took advantage of a hazardous home waste collection program offered at South Central FS in Vandalia.
    Clint Benhoff and Tim Worker of Ramsey were on the baseball squad at Lake Land College.
    Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nattier of Patoka were making plans to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • April is Child Abuse Month

    Editor,
    Illinois participates in a national tradition of observing April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. April is devoted to celebrating everything we can do to transform our communities into places that care about – and actively support families and children.
    By making sure all parents in our communities have access to quality childcare, affordable health services, parenting education resources, substance abuse treatment and mental health programs, we make progress toward what the month stands for – preventing child abuse.

  • The history of Masons in Vandalia

    “The first lodge of the Masons in Vandalia was chartered October 8, 1822 as Vandalia Lodge No. 8 with then Governor of the state, Shadrach Bond, elected M.W. Grand Master. This Grand Lodge held all its annual communications in Vandalia until 1828, when all was a blank until 1835 due to persecution.”