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Today's Opinions

  • New & improved website unveiled

    If you have been a regular visitor to our website, www.leaderunion.com, you likely already know that we have unveiled a new and improved product.
    If you haven’t been a regular visitor, check it out.
    Our new website offers more content, is much more reader-friendly and allows more opportunities for you, our readers, to participate in our online version of The Leader-Union.

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrates 150th

    Last summer, I was invited to attend a meeting of the 150th anniversary planning committee from St. Paul Lutheran Church, which was already well into the planning of 2014’s events that would highlight the 150th anniversary of the church.

  • Alumni awards well deserved

    Over the years, we've done a good job of honoring the standout athletes who have worn the Vandalia Community High School colors. They get plenty of attention and awards during their competitive years – and in recent years a structure has been in place to nominate them for inclusion in the VCHS Hall of Fame.
    That's great and their efforts should be recognized.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These brothers, pictured about 30 years ago, were born and reared in Ramsey.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Delbert Maroon was sworn in as regional superintendent of schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.
    Trent Kull, a 1985 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated to the rank of second lieutenant from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
    South Central High School personnel were getting ready for their first school year. The South Central District was formed by consolidating the Farina LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma districts. Joe Ross is superintendent.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This father is pictured with his son around 1969.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dale Timmerman, Randy Edwards and Rich Walker were re-elected officers of the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone.
    Vandalia’s 11- and 12-year-old Little League team won first place in the Hillsboro Little League Tournament.
    Dave Crye was elected commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    Beth Blankenship of Mulberry Grove was crowned Miss Bond County Fair. It was the third title in one year for Blankenship, who was also crowned Mulberry Grove High School’s homecoming and prom queen.

  • Samuel Hall family early area settlers

    The Hall family of Ramsey Township was part of the group that first came to Illinois in 1816, settling in Saline County where they lived for two years before moving near Lebanon in St. Clair County.
    Malaria proved to be so bad there that the following year they moved again, with Joseph settling at Vandalia and Samuel on the east side of Mitchell Creek, opposite what was afterward old Williamsburg, about 12 miles south of Shelbyville.