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Today's Opinions

  • Proposed nuisance ordinance isn't needed in rural areas

    Editor:
    I can’t believe there hasn’t been an outcry against a countywide nuisance ordinance. The proposed ordinance is an assault on our freedom in an already over-regulated United States. It could also be the perfect instrument for a neighbor to harass another neighbor. Who will make the authorities aware of an offense?

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This 5-year-old, pictured in 1934, is an Oklahoma native but has lived in St. Elmo most of her life.

  • Book tells tale of trip to South Carolina

    Credit for the following adventure goes to my son, Mat. A couple of weeks ago,  he asked if I had ever heard of a Capt. Andrews from South Carolina, who was paid to come to Vandalia to pick up an old man, who wanted to come home. This was an entirely new story for me.

  • Area's generosity shown once again

    We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating again.
    Fayette County residents are among the most generous people anywhere. Period.
    We’ve seen people pitch in when natural disasters strike their neighbors. We’ve seen them gather around friends and family when they lose loved ones. And we’ve seen them respond selflessly when someone is stricken with a medical condition.

  • Reward may help officials find vandals

    Editor:
    In reference to the recent article in The Leader-Union about vandalism in our parks, it's obvious that this vandalism is happening during the early morning hours when no one is around.
    The way to catch the culprits is to offer a $250 reward.
    That's going to be the only way to stop this kind of crime against our city property. You can bet that someone knows something about this crime.
    A reward would be a good way to bring the perpetrators to justice.
    Richard Briley
    Vandalia

  • Vandalians helped motorists

    Editor:
    This is our first letter to the editor. But we have  something that MUST be said to the citizens of Vandalia.
    While traveling on Interstate 70 to a wedding in Defiance, Ohio, our vehicle air conditioner quit working. Being still mobile and running in the 97-degree heat, we pulled off at the Vandalia exit.
    The nearest source of help was provided to us through one of your local merchants at Auto Zone, who sent us to Expert Service auto repair. The shop certainly lived up to its name!

  • Robert L. Wilson one of 'The Long Nine'

    The famous Illinois "Long-Nine," of which Abraham Lincoln was the established leader,  was made up of two Sangamon County senators,  Archer Herndon and Job Fletcher, and seven representatives, Lincoln, Ninian Wirt Edwards, John Dawson, Andrew McCormick, Dan Stone, William F. Elin and Robert L. Wilson.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Wanita Carruthers of Vera, a 1993 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, was named Miss Fayette County Fair. She also received the title of Miss Congeniality.
    Brittany Miller was named Little Miss Fayette County Fair.
    Preparations continued for Vandalia’s 175th anniversary, with the unveiling of the anniversary logo and the release of a tentative schedule of events.