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Today's Opinions

  • L-U Tourism Guide to aid promotion efforts in area

    Editor:
    Thanks to The Leader-Union for another excellent Tourism Guide on the historical sites in Vandalia and Fayette County. Tourism is the second largest industry in Illinois (behind agriculture). And tourism week will be observed May 4-12.
    This guide will assist our motels, restaurants and gas stations in directing visitors in our community to the sites. The longer a visitor stays in our community, the more money they will spend.
    Sharing this information with family and friends also will increase the number of visitors to our community.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 43 years ago, grew up in Fayette County. He is married and lives near Brownstown.

  • Cleanup Week is coming

    Are you having trouble walking through your garage because of all the “treasures” that have accumulated there? Have you tired of the junked items that have taken up residence in your back yard? Or are you fed up with the lawn mower you thought you could resurrect, but steadfastly refuses to run?
    If any of those scenarios sound familiar, you’re in luck.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, at its annual banquet, presented Abe Awards for community service to Jean Stombaugh, and Katie and Orville Schukar.
    The city received ongoing complaints about youths littering and walking into traffic near Vandalia Community High School.
    A school facility committee was touring Vandalia’s schools to form a recommendation to the Vandalia Board of Education on how to improve district facilities.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured nearly 44 years ago, are from the St. Elmo area.

  • Lake restaurant raises concerns

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter to thank all of the Fayette County board members who voted to deny liquor license for the proposed restaurant of Steve and Latisha Mabry.

  • Flooding shows need for fixes

    Once again, weather patterns have stacked up to bring significant precipitation to Fayette County.
    And once again, that precipitation has produced widespread flooding. Local streams, as well as the Kaskaskia River, were well out of their banks over the weekend – with the Kaskaskia rising to near-record levels.

  • Ramsey bank note dates back to 1929

    Several years ago, my friend, Roger Boye, a professor at Northwestern University in Evanston mailed me a $20 bill.
    Although it looked like a Federal Reserve note, it wasn’t. Nor was it a Silver Certificate.  The words "National Currency" appeared at the top, with the much-recognized portrait of Andrew Jackson centered on the face of the bill.