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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This photo of two siblings was taken 45 years ago. The girl is a nurse, and her brother is retired from Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • Making winter much less painful

    Even the small amount of snow we received last week could have made local travel somewhat trecherous. But, as usual, that was not the case, thanks to the city of Vandalia's commitment to clearing the streets in bad weather.
    It's something that we've become accustomed to ... and even expect. Yes, we're spoiled.
    Less snow fell in a Christian County town north of us last week, and by the weekend, there was still a significant amount of snow on the streets. Much of what was gone had been removed by local traffic.

  • Illinois buying the Statehouse

    “SHALL the ‘Old Capitol’ be Preserved and its Splendid History, Tradition, Legend and Story Perpetuated?’

  • It's more than coats, shoes

    A short time before Christmas, more than 300 children in Fayette County schools received gifts of new winter coats and shoes.
    But, as we've often stated in this space, those gifts given the Methodist Men of Vandalia reflect much more than those physical items – it's about giving back to the community.
    The story on today's front page is our latest example of how volunteerism is alive and well in Vandalia and Fayette County.

  • The 1951 plane crash recalled

    On the morning of Aug. 27, 1951, folks in Vandalia were shaken up when sounds of a small airplane in distress filled the morning sky.
    Witnesses told The Vandalia Leader that the airplane was observed making three or more spirals through the clouds, and next they observed its rapid angular descent with throttle wide open, virtually skimming treetops.
    The four-passenger Bonanza Beechcraft airplane made a nose-dive into Carl Boggs’s car parked along South Sixth Street near Old Capitol Monument Works, where Boggs was employed at the time.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Carey Oldfield of Vandalia, the 1996 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was in Springfield to compete in the Illinois Miss County Fair pageant.
    Fayette County was hit with several bursts of snow and freezing rain.
    The Vandalia wrestling team held on to the No. 1 spot in Class A in the state.

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – St. Louis-based Laclede Steel selected Vandalia for its new pipe finishing and warehouse facility. It was to employ 54 workers.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Opportunity's favorite disguise is trouble.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry Cable, Ruth Ann Garrison, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey, Cy and Lorene Locke, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, and Andrew Crosswait.