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Today's Opinions

  • Shop with a Cop a good program

    While some police officers across this country are drawing media focus for the wrong reasons, Vandalia’s finest are showing that they are deserving of that title.
    Led by Chief Jeff Ray, the VPD conducted a Shop with a Cop for the first time this holiday season. Through that program, with financial support from some local businesses, groups and individuals, city officers were able to provide 11 youngsters with a merry Christmas.

  • The stories of Smith, Crump & Cronk

    While working on decorating the tree at the Vandalia Statehouse last week we got into a conversation about names.
    One of the stories we tell to visitors at the old capitol is of Supreme Justice Theophilus Washington Smith, who pulled a gun on Gov. Ninian Edwards. Edwards took it away from him, pistol-whipped him and broke his jaw.
    Another of the justices, Stephen Lockwood, in a letter to his wife, Mary, wrote that Smith’s jaw "had not yet reunited."

  • Vandalia Memories

    As part of their campaign tour across the Midwest in 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore, stopped at the Vandalia Statehouse, where they spoke to a crowd estimated at 10,000.

    After their speeches, Clinton and Gore, and their wives, Hillary and Tipper, were led on a tour of the Statehouse by Judy Baumann, who was then the site superintendent. Also in this photo, taken by Leader-Union Editor Rich Bauer, is Roland Burrus, a Centralia native who was the state's attorney general at the time.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: All of the members of this family grew up in the Sefton community. Three still live in the Brownstown community.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 –  The annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament was under way.
    The Leader-Union and area merchants were sponsoring the First Baby of the New Year contest.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Beginning Feb. 17, one had to pay 22 cents to mail a letter. Postcard rates raised to 14 cents.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo was posted at Vandalia Memories by administrator Kathy Schultz, courtesy of Virginia Messex Maulding Witlock.

    According to writing on the back of the photo, this is the Charles Manion Band.

  • Two Statehouse events this weekend

    Excitement inside the Vandalia Statehouse is building as Saturday night nears. On this one night, Illinois’ oldest capitol will be alight with more than 200 candles and its halls echoing with the strains of chamber music from the group Chordially Yours of Edwardsville.

  • New spending review good for the county

    Fayette County officials will continue to struggle with its finances as they try to discontinue the trend of spending capital improvement funds for salaries. One policy change introduced on Tuesday appears to be a good step toward watching the county's spending.
    Forever, county board committees, during a break in the regularly monthly meeting, would go through their respective bills for that month, then recommend payment of those bills to the full board.