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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 –  Cowden-Herrick won the St. Elmo Holiday Tournament.
    Wind chill factors of -30 to -40 degrees caused schools to be canceled in Fayette County.
    Forrest Meseke resigned after eight years as Fayette County Farm Bureau president.
    More than 400 Caring and Sharing baskets were distributed.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no Banks photo this week.
    There was no Banks photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: A shiw si a srdeie htiutwo na tpmetat.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Every crowd has a silver lining.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Visitors research links to Statehouse

    It doesn’t happen often, but from time to time, we have visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse whose ancestor served in the House or Senate during the years that Vandalia was state capitol.
    In many cases, the visitor knows a little about their relative, but as happens in history, the connection to the political history of Illinois is all that is known about their time in the service of the state.
    Earlier this year, Dave Odum visited the capitol and asked about his ancestor, Dempsey Odom, who served in the House and Senate from Williamson County.