Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two sisters, were born in the 1950s and grew up in Vandalia.

  • Samuel Griffith implicated in failed dam

    Samuel Griffith was born on Jan. 23, 1793, in New York State, where his Welsh ancestor had settled nearly 20 years before.
    He traveled to Pennsylvania, locating near Laurel Hill, and married Mary Ann Beckley on Jan. 1, 1811.  Their 10 children were born in Pennsylvania.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia Police Department dispatcher Christy Brown and Richard Winters of Greenville split a $16,000 reward for information they gave that helped police capture murderer Kelly McGinnis of Greenville.
    Ruth Lape of Vandalia was celebrating her 90th birthday.
    Marc Sikma of Vandalia moved on to the finals of the Country Companies’ Three-Point Showdown.

  • Letter to the Editor

    I am writing about the plans to close the Murray Center.
    One of 88 children will get autism. Where are those clients to go? Most of them can't function in society.
    The governor has said that he would put most of them in local facilities. But those are full. If you have a friend or relative with a mental illness, you can relate to what I am saying.
    Most people would want them locked away. Some people would laugh at them and make fun.
    Support the Murray Center.
    Randy D. Meyer

  • LaDage a good choice for ROE

    If you drew up an ideal profile for a candidate for the assistant regional superintendent of schools position, that profile would have Bill LaDage's name on it.
    A highly respected former teacher and administrator in the Vandalia district, he has served for the past 11 years as a part-time employee in the ROE system. As such, he's aware of many of the programs administered through that office. His duties have included working with school and district improvement teams, new teacher training, standards-aligned classrooms and teacher evaluations.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. Photos are needed.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  slarede tac vidsicyeel ni het casnebe fo trincyate.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: If I had known then what I know now, I would have made the same mistakes sooner. (Robert Half)

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team captured fourth place at the IHSA dual team finals.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a $15,000 contribution to the Vandalia Main Street Program in each of the next three years.
    Rhet Spengel of Springfield was hired as a patrolman for the Vandalia Police Department.
    Harland Bartholomew & Associates of Chesterfield completed the update of the city’s lake ordinance. The work included pulling together several documents governing the lake.

  • Planting begins; share the roads

    If you’ve spent any time recently on the back roads of Fayette County, you know what it means to share the road.