Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two boys who were attending a local day care center enjoy swinging on a tire swing by the lake.

  • State needs to act on a new budget

    When Bruce Rauner was campaigning for governor, he said that he wanted to shake up state government. He has done that, but not in the way that he envisioned.
    A budget impasse has caused monumental problems in Illinois. State agencies aren't receiving the funds they need to provide necessary services to Illinois residents, vendors aren't being paid, and the list goes on.
    Those affected by the impasse, Mayor Rick Gottman pointed out at Monday's city council meeting, include municipalities that are owed various types of funds by the state.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These siblings were born and reared in Fayette County. She is married with two sons, and he has three sons. They have two brothers and two sisters, and both work in the St. Elmo area.

  • Sexting causes moral, legal issues

    Sending a sexual text message that include an inappropriate photo can cause all kinds of problems, especially when the parties involved are underage teens.
    As students at Vandalia Community High School learned last Thursday, nude photos of underage teens are considered child pornography, and both those sending and receiving them are subject to criminal prosecution.

  • The 'Milk War' back in the 1930s

    Several years ago, I was asked by John Goldsmith of Greenville what I knew of the 1920s “Brownstown Milk War.” Up to that time, I had never heard of the “war,” so consulted my local Brownstown expert, the late Ben Forbis, He confirmed that there was such a thing and it took place in the early 1930s.
    I then turned to one of the best sources, back issues of The Vandalia Union. Most newspapers publish a recap of news events throughout the year in a December or January edition. Any kind of “war” was sure to be reported.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl was raised in Shafter, and both she and her daughter teach.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's photo: Janet Lach, Lorna Hoyle, Margo Hoyle, Lisa Hoyle and Bill Hoyle.
    Identifying them were: Jessie Maske, Charlie and Linda Townsend, Kathy Bauer, Harold Bergin, Roger and Betty Roe, Joyce Maske Huddlestun, Ada Carroll, Melody Lach, Mary Ann Rhoades, Roger Corrington, Elaine Michel, Elaine McCormick and Pat Harris.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 –  The city of Vandalia expressed interest in joining the recently formed Illinois Presidential Corridor. Mayors in Dixon, Eureka, Galena, Springfield and Tampico – communities, which served as homes for U.S. presidents - were forming the group.
    Janice Isbell was sworn in as an alderwoman in Ward I for the city of Vandalia. She was appointed to the seat by Mayor Rich Walker following the death of her husband, Tom.
    Floyd and Joann Hopkins were planning to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

  • Thompson among those with the 'fever'

    They took their name from the year the rush began. On Jan. 24, 1848, James Marshall, while making his daily inspection, discovered gold in the mill race of his employer, John Sutter. The news was told in a short paragraph in the March 15, 1848 issue of The Californian.
    In 1849 alone, it was estimated that 9,000 men traveled the southwestern route by way of Santa Fe, while 22,500 traveled the emigrant tails. St. Joseph and Independence, Mo., as well as Council Bluffs, Iowa, were staging areas for the westward-bound wagon trains.