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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  Kristen Jahraus of St. Peter was named Miss Fayette County Fair, and Aubrey Harre of Brownstown was chosen Little Miss.
    Vandalia Junior High School cheerleaders were chosen the best squad at the NCA camp at Lake Land College, attended by more than 300 girls. Mandi Wasmuth, a member of the squad, was one of six cheerleaders nominated for All-American cheerleader.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This photo of these siblings was taken about 48 years ago.

  • New school year nearing

    Before you know it, you'll be again sending your children off to school each morning. Yes, a new school year is just around the corner.
    Perhaps you've already started preparing for another year, buying new supplies and clothes. Local school officials are also gearing up for the 2015-16 school year.
    In this issue, we have two pages of registration information provided by Vandalia School District officials.

  • Fighting fires in our early years

    The subject of this column was suggested by an article from the September 24, 1936, issue of The Vandalia Union, where it was reported that Charles Higgins bought the lot on which the “Old Engine House” stood at Fifth and Main streets, with plans to tear it down and build a modern fireproof laundry building with a basement on the lot.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    In last week's photo were: Megan Steele, Danielle Steele and Blake Meseke.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: ramyotrdm si eht lony ywa ni cwihh a nma nca cmeoeb mofuas uhtoitw iyblita.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Admit your errors before someone exaggerates them.

  • A look at our post-capital days

    I am involved in various historical pursuits during any given week, and one that I completed some time back was a transcription of the old Vandalia Minute Book for the years 1839-47.
    This was a very interesting time in Vandalia’s history, because the capital of the state had been moved to Springfield and the building that housed the state offices was given to Fayette County for use as a county courthouse. Provision was made in the gift that room be provided for the Vandalia Trustees and also that space be set aside for a school.