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Today's Opinions

  • Celebrating the 4th in olden days

    To celebrate the Fourth, I thought it might be interesting to learn how the early settlers of days past celebrated this day.  

  • Rally shows support for schools

    A rally in downtown Vandalia last Wednesday afternoon that urged the passage of a state budget obviously caught the eyes of our governor and state legislators. And that rally would not have been successful were it not for a number of local people.
    First, there are two local individuals who have been in the forefront of the effort to have equitable school funding in Illinois, a state that ranks dead last when it comes to that unequity – Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well and Sandoval Superintendent Jennifer Garrison, a Vandalia Community High School graduate.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • A history of the historical society

    The Fayette County Genealogical Society was organized on May 27, 1971, at a meeting held in the Hospitality Room at Farmers and Merchants Bank in downtown Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: aneorcgni si ton eonineccn tub nis.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Responsibility educates.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Judy Elder, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, and Cy and Lorene Locke.

  • The library is more than a lot of books

    When you think about a library, or Evans Public Library in particular, your first thought is about a building with a whole lot of books. But, we're hoping that you are discovering that Evans Public Library is much more than that.
    We hope, through a series of articles, to educate local residents about the programs and services offered at the library.
    So far, we've told you about many programs offered to children of all ages, including story times, summer and winter reading programs, Fantastic Fridays and Teen Advisory Board.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: ioiplsyniesrbt cetuasde.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ignorance is not bliss; it is oblivion.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Larry Cable, Ruth Ann Garrison, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Juanita Workman, Judy Elder and Andrew Crosswait.
     

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The city of Vandalia received 38 applications for the position of community development director.
    Stewart and Verble Meador were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Lucas Clanton, a rural Mulberry Grove resident and member of the Vandalia chapter of Future Farmers of America was named a Star American Farmer candidate.

    25 Years Ago