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Today's Opinions

  • Clarify TIF rules

    For years, Vandalia's Tax Increment Financing program has helped fund projects in the community that otherwise probably wouldn't have gotten done.
    And for the majority of those years, business owners have scratched their heads trying to determine the logic behind decisions about which projects were funded and how much they got.

  • Mabry honored for pioneering

    All her life, Laurie Mabry has been a pioneer.
    As a girl growing up in Vandalia, she pushed herself to blaze a path for girls to be able to compete in sports like their male counterparts.
    In college, she welcomed the opportunity to expand even further the competitive outlets available to her.
    But it was as a college coach and administrator that she really pushed the envelope for women. And she was a crucial part of the nationwide effort to institutionalize those gains for collegiate women athletes.

  • Wright's Corner located in heart of oil field

    Recently, I was asked where the ideas for my articles come from.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These cousins all lived in Ramsey at the time of this photo, more than 50 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    15 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.

    20 Years Ago

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

  • Village of Dressor is now a ghost town

    Named for the man who owned the land, Nathaniel Dressor of Bond County, this Ramsey township village is a Fayette County ghost town.

  • Make final push for KC funding

    Though the state has appropriated about $5.6 million for the construction of the second phase of the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus, those funds still have not been released.
    With Phase I of the campus now four years old, it’s time for the state to release those funds – which were originally appropriated for Phase I of the project but never released. As a result, the first phase was built with local funds that should’ve been matched by the state.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows three siblings who live in the area and went to Vandalia High School.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tager tra fo renigvong sticsons fo otn geltnit emn worg dol ni rehti sjbo.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, please call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.