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Today's Opinions

  • Ramsey fox hunt was 'a wonderful thing'

    This Saturday, the village of Ramsey will celebrate its 150th anniversary. While searching for a topic for this week’s column, I decided that a story about Ramsey would be fitting, and the fox hunts or "chases," as they were called, held at what is now Ramsey Lake State Park is something you should know about.
    Some of my information came from an article published in the Ramsey Centennial book, by JoAnn Klinker, titled, "The Fox Chase.” The area identified in the book where the event was held is the current boat dock area at Ramsey Lake State Park.

  • Organ project needs funding

    If you've been on the upstairs level of the Fayette County Museum lately, you know that there are some exciting things going on.
    The entire area is in the midst of being brought back to its former beauty when it served its initial purpose as a church sanctuary. The roof has been fixed, the ceiling has been uncovered and the walls are being restored.
    The long-term plan for that floor of the historic building is to restore the front third as a church, the middle third as a museum and the back third as an art gallery.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No picture this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Ron Koehler.
    Identifying him were: Richard Koehler and Bob Dugan.
    This week’s Scrambler: og dylinoctenf ni eht noirtidec fo uroy marsed. veli het feli oyu veah daginemi.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured in 1944, was dressed in a military uniform because his father was in the service at the time.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Friends of the Old State Capitol received a matching grant award from the Southern Illinois Regional Tourism Council to promote this year’s Grand Levée.
    Melinda Sue Yarbrough of Vandalia was a semifinalist in the Miss Illinois Teen-USA Pageant.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Fayette County Hospital was offered a contract with Vandalia Correctional Center, effective July 1, to run for one year.

  • Hector S. Humphrey launched The Union

    “I was born in Tompkins County, New York, June 27, 1828, [and] came to Illinois in 1848. I got my first job on the Chicago Daily Journal, setting a prospectus for a campaign newspaper. Two years later, I became the owner of a newspaper in Naperville, Illinois.”

  • Hector S. Humphrey launched The Union

    “I was born in Tompkins County, New York, June 27, 1828, [and] came to Illinois in 1848. I got my first job on the Chicago Daily Journal, setting a prospectus for a campaign newspaper. Two years later, I became the owner of a newspaper in Naperville, Illinois.”

  • Promoting area tourism involves everyone – not just the officials

    In today’s issue of The Leader-Union, we proudly include our annual Fayette County Area Tourism Guide. Each year, we present that guide – with updated and new material – in hopes that it will serve as a one-of-a-kind resource about things to do and see in Vandalia and all of Fayette County.