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Today's Opinions

  • County website is a good project

    If you have visited the Fayette County website, you have noticed that it’s not really useful in your daily dealings with the county. And, some of the information there is even outdated.
    On Tuesday, the Fayette County Board approved a proposal to have a company that specializes in the development and design of government websites.
    Hopefully, that partnership will create and maintain a website that is increasingly more valuable to county residents and others who have dealings with the county.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    We do not have a Banks photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Ted Miller
    Identifying him was: Todd Blackwell
    This week’s Scrambler: I oluwd herart ied fo sonpisa ntha fo romdboe.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: You become what you believe.
    Oprah Winfrey

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Vandalia City Council hired Jeanne Gustafson as director of economic development. The Leader-Union unveiled its new farm page, to be a regular feature on the first and third Fridays of each month.
    Local farmers were experimenting with canola.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Area law enforcement agencies worked together to find and destroy at least 1,200 marijuana plants in Fayette County last week. The estimated street value of the marijuana was at least $25,000.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Community responds to help

    Editor,
    Once again, the citizens of Fayette County came together to meet a need in our community. Thanks to the faithful volunteers and the generosity of so many, we were able to provide 5,207 FREE lunches to children in Vandalia, Shobonier, Vera, Ramsey and Brownstown this summer.
    In the spring, we asked for monetary donations to help purchase food for the lunches, and we were overwhelmed by the community's generosity.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dwight Hagy resigned from the Vandalia Post Office after 23½ years as a government employee.
    VI Enterprises employees were on strike.
    The fall schedule for the Family Y of Fayette County included youth, adult and family programs.
    The I-70 Road Riders Honda Motorcycle Club donated a $600 savings bond to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield.

    30 Years Ago

  • Abe will visit our Statehouse this Saturday

    Maybe you have heard the news that Abraham Lincoln is “hitting the road” this Saturday to visit three places important to him during his life.

    The first stop will be in Benton, from 9-11 a.m., at the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site.
    It was at the Bryant cottage that Lincoln and Stephen Douglas agreed to a series of debates. These historic debates were held at various sites around Illinois.

  • Visit with Lincoln this Saturday night

    While all of us surely know that Abraham Lincoln served in the Vandalia Statehouse, some may not know what he did while he was there. The opportunity to learn about that comes this Saturday night.
    A Lincoln historic interpreter is taking a road trip on Saturday, with the last of his three stops being the Statehouse. Lincoln will visit Illinois’ oldest existing capitol from 7-9 p.m.
    While there, Lincoln will talk about his early days in the Illinois Legislature, which included making his first public stance against slavery.