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Today's Opinions

  • Some early history of our schools

    The report of County School Superintendent C.F. Easterday published in the Nov. 16, 1905, issue of The Vandalia Union was especially enlightening because he went into some detail in his description of the interior of the school.

  • Help two groups helping Vandalia

    Last Thursday, two groups whose work can greatly benefit Vandalia got together to discuss some ways to do that. One organization is new, and the other is a long-standing group that is going through a revitalization.
    New officers for the Vandalia Historical Society at its meeting at the Little Brick House, one of our historical assets that the group is tring to promote.

  • Perry Davis was a local man of firsts

    Perry Rollin Davis was born in Sefton Township, Fayette County, on the same land first settled by his grandfather, Henry L. Davis, a native of Pennsylvania who was here as early as Feb. 15, 1845.
    Perry was the seventh child of the Rev. Mark Pinkley and Margaret Almyra Pittman Davis and is remembered as a progressive thinker.
    It seems he may have inherited some of this from his grandfather, Henry, who was the first merchant in Sefton Township. He was also a veteran of the Black Hawk War of 1832 in Northern Illinois.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Jeff and Jennifer Hester of Vandalia were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The Rev. Reinhold and Mary Dierks were also celebrating their silver anniversary.
    Albert and Violet Johnstone of rural Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
    Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik gave support for a new juvenile detention center in Southern Illinois.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: aenrnocig si tno silsb, ti si ibovlnio.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Creativity has a lot to do with a willingness to take risks.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry Cable, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Andrew Crosswait, Ruth Ann Garrison, Melinda Garrison, LaTisha Paslay, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, Judy Elder, DeeDee Diveley, Cy and Lorene Locke, and Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar.

  • Perry Davis was a local man of firsts

    Perry Rollin Davis was born in Sefton Township, Fayette County, on the same land first settled by his grandfather, Henry L. Davis, a native of Pennsylvania who was here as early as Feb. 15, 1845.
    Perry was the seventh child of the Rev. Mark Pinkley and Margaret Almyra Pittman Davis and is remembered as a progressive thinker.
    It seems he may have inherited some of this from his grandfather, Henry, who was the first merchant in Sefton Township. He was also a veteran of the Black Hawk War of 1832 in Northern Illinois.

  • You can join the beautification work

    Are you one of the Vandalia residents who bemoans the appearance of the community? Now you can be a part of a community facelift.
    The beautification committee formed by Mayor Rick Gottman late last year has met several times, kicking around some ideas about improving the city's looks. Now, it's inviting civic organizations and individuals to join the effort.
    The committee is holding a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday in council chambers at city hall, during which it will talk about possible beautification projects.