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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – As landscape waste­ – and leaf burning – became a major issue statewide, Vandalia officials were looking at the community’s disposal options.
    Mindy Williams and Josh Kreke were crowned queen and king at the South Central High School homecoming dance.
    A 9-year-old rural Brownstown resident was injured when a friend accidentally fired a .22-caliber rifle they had while playing in a treehouse.
    Jerilyn Reed and Shawn Cripe were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • It's time to step up to keep our school programs

    Once again, the resilience of Vandalia’s residents has been shown. They’ve been given a sour lemon in the form of multiple cuts to our school programs, and they’re well on their way to making lemonade.
    Though last month’s cuts to district programs touched nearly all areas of the school district, two of the most visible cuts were in music and athletics. And those are the areas in which we’ve seen people step up.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A 20-member committee began a study on the needs and problems in Vandalia School District facilities.
    Rachel Engel, the reigning Miss Fayette County Fair, was competing in the Miss Illinois County Fair pageant in Springfield.
    About seven years after the Fayette County Board agreed to begin setting monies aside for such a project, the current board voted to begin work on an addition to the county courthouse and improvements to the existing building.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 73 years ago, was in the service and then farmed. He lives south of Brownstown and has three daughters.

    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.

  • Vandalia's first schools were by subscription

    The first school in Vandalia was taught by a Mr. Jackson in a little log shed in 1819. This tidbit of historical data, from the History of Fayette County, Illinois, published in 1878, sets the scene for this article.

  • Legal Notices a vital window

    Each week, in the pages of The Leader-Union, we strive to keep you informed about the news of Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Crime was on the rise in 1997. Courthouse figures show that there were 243 felony cases filed, 92 percent more than the 1996 total of 126. Juvenile cases were up by 101 percent.
    Joe Barth was named a partner in the Vandalia CPA firm of Luallen & Cearlock.
    Tom Harmon, owner of Harmon Foods IGA in Vandalia, confirmed that he had purchased land on Van Tran Avenue (now Veterans Avenue) for a new and larger store.
    Mt. Zion defeated Vandalia 45-24 to break the VCHS wrestlers’ 79-match win streak.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Lila (McFarland) Whitford.
    Identifying her were: JoAnn Corry, Louise (Campbell) Bilyeu, Joyce Cable, Pat Blankenship, Mary Cripe, Jeanie Whitford, Dean Elam, and Doris and Lyle Elam.
    This week’s Scrambler: fi uoy lyrale nawt ot od ghitnemos, oyu ilwl dinf a yaw; fi uyo od ton, oyu lilw nifd na seecux.