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Today's Opinions

  • Navy mom takes care of Army son

    In several of my past columns I have relied on the experiences of my sister, Sandy, a retired Navy wife, for stories about hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, earth tremors and such.
    Sandy has another experience that I have never shared – sending a son off to the military.
    Sandy was 18 when she married a career Navy man, Jim “Zeke” Sampson, formerly of the Jimpson neighborhood in Ramsey township.  

  • More Christmas fun coming up

    Several weeks after Vandalia kicked off the holiday season with Olde Tyme Christmas, Fayette County is offering more holiday festivities in the next couple of weeks.
    This Saturday, Soroptimist International of Vandalia is holding Breakfast with Santa from 8-10 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church. After that, downtown merchants are offering Super Santa Sales.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1995 – Judy Vaughn’s second-grade class at Washington Elementary School decorated the Christmas tree at the Vandalia Statehouse in preparation of the Statehouse’s Christmas Open House.
    Two performances of “Christmas Presents,” a holiday concert sponsored by The Leader-Union, raised monetary donations totaling $1,444 for Fayette County Caring & Sharing.
    Robert Young, a defensive end for the St. Louis Rams, visited Hosick Motors in Vandalia to help in the promotion of a special Dodge Rams truck.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Every day at a local day care, this young boy played with his favorite car.

  • Take in Olde Tyme Christmas

    This weekend is the perfect time to find out exactly what downtown Vandalia has to offer, and have an enjoyable time doing it.
    The holiday season gets off to an early start this Friday night and Saturday with Olde Tyme Christmas.
    The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Association and Vandalia Tourism Commission have joined together to offer the event, which includes the lighting of the city Christmas tree at Seventh and Gallatin streets on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by the Vandalia Rotary Club's annual Christmas parade.

  • LaBille earned medal at Vicksburg

    In 1972, a new stone was set at the grave of Joseph Stephen LaBille in the Catholic Cemetery. The reason? Actually, there were two  – the veteran’s marker set at his grave in 1911 did not reflect the fact that he had been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and his name was misspelled as LaVille.

  • LaBille earned medal at Vicksburg

    In 1972, a new stone was set at the grave of Joseph Stephen LaBille in the Catholic Cemetery. The reason? Actually, there were two  – the veteran’s marker set at his grave in 1911 did not reflect the fact that he had been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and his name was misspelled as LaVille.