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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Obed Lovett improved farming

    Obed Edom Lovett, a prominent citizen of Wheatland Township, was one of those who earned space in the 1904 Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Fayette County.

  • School days coming up

    In case you haven't noticed, parking lots in area schools are full of vehicles this week. That can only mean one thing – the startup of a new school year.
    Despite what is going on in our state capitol, or not going on, local schools will be in session in just a couple of weeks.
    With the start of a new school year, we will again need to adjust our driving habits.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man charged with shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre, argued that because he will be in shackles for his trial, so should Fayette County State’s Attorney James Overholt.
    Vandalia Correctional Center adopted Kelley Park on West Main Street in Vandalia. The action meant that the VCC work camp would maintain the park.
    Ed Lebold of Vandalia was named chief of security at Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Joyce Trexler.
    Identifying her were: Donna Hames, Ruth Ann Garrison, Mary White, Kay Jones, Penny Richards, Charles and Linda Townsend, Ruth Brackenbush, Donna Chrisman, Judy Ralston, Marietta Berryman, Vivian Schmid and Mary Cripe
    This week’s Scrambler: raneilng si tno uoymsclpro; henrtei si vrliasuv.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The story of Illinois Central RR

    When the Illinois Central Railroad was projected, it far exceeded in magnitude any similar project ever attempted on this continent, with the exception of the National Road. Both of these momentous undertakings had at their heart Vandalia, Ill.

  • Many are needed for birthday party

    Many of us are old enough or have lived in Vandalia long enough to remember when the town celebrated it's 175th birthday. And, if you remember, correctly, it took a whole bunch of people to pull it off.
    Now, the same kind of participation is going to be needed in the next couple of years.
    Back in 1994, there were a bunch of committee for Vandalia's 175th Celebration. There was a committee to organize a parade, one to organize a festival, one to raise funds to help pay for the celebration, etc., etc.