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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 4, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two cousins are pictured 45 years ago. The one on the left works for the county and lives in the southeast part of the county. The one on the right lives out of state, but grew up in the Ramsey area. She is a registered nurse.

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 4, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A nationwide search was kicked off for Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man who gunned down Greenville Attorney Tom Meyer in the alley behind the lawyer’s office downtown.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a resolution prohibiting drinking outside of bars in the city, after some bar owners asked for permission to have beer gardens.
    Bruce Clanton of rural Vandalia was recognized as a candidate for the American FFA Degree, the highest honor in the Future Farmers of America.

  • Wolf packs terrorized citizens, livestock

    “Grandfather Howell came to Illinois from Tennessee in 1825, settling in Marion County, having taken up land from the government, 80 acres at the time of his coming. He afterward bought 120 acres from the government, a part of which was timbered and a part was on the prairie.
    “There were not any settlements on the prairie at that time, all the settlements there were then being in the timbered land. The first Monday in May was wolf day. All the settlers gathered at that day and made a general drive, often taking numbers of prairie wolves.”

  • Volunteers will be needed for Lincoln Park

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since retired U.S. Sen. Paul Simon came to help Vandalia Main Street dedicate its downtown park and “Sitting with Lincoln” statue.
    On Monday, that park, and statue, officially became the property of the city of Vandalia.
    That means the city is now responsible for the expenses related to the park, which are, essentially, insurance premiums and electric bills.

  • Banks of the Okaw-July 28, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture shows two Brownstown High School graduates in the early 1960s. They both still live in Brownstown and are both retired. They both enjoy traveling.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: James Johnson.
    Identifying him were: Lou Turner, Elaine Michel and Vicky Diveley.

  • The Way We Were-July 28, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – City police officer Danny Carman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Randolph and Coles streets that occurred while he was responding to a call.
    Melody Davis, 44, of St. Elmo, was killed in a two-car accident on the blacktop north of St. Elmo.
    Mr. and Mrs. W. Wilson Stein of St. James were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
    The Vandalia City Council narrowed the list of candidates for economic development director from 38 to five.

  • Dieckmanns were early Vandalia settlers

    The Dieckmann family name holds a major place of importance in the early business life of Vandalia.

  • Dieckmanns were early Vandalia settlers

    The Dieckmann family name holds a major place of importance in the early business life of Vandalia.