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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Weather is a big factor for activities

    Many communities and organizations hold festivals and other activities in the summer months, which makes a lot of sense when you consider that the kids are out of school and many families are out and about.
    But this summer is a good example of why spring and fall may be better times for those special events.
    Take the Grande Levée, for example. The period celebration was traditionally held on Father’s Day weekend, which was good for the fact that everybody remembered when it was being held.

  • Banks of the Okaw-July 21, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 60 years ago, grew up in Ramsey, one of 15 children in his family. He worked at a local factory, has three daughters and now lives in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were-July 21, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 to approve water and sewer rate increases, which averaged about 16 percent.
    The city council voted 6-2 to allow local taverns to have outside beer gardens.
    Arthur and Marie Buchanan of Vandalia planned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Joe and Evelyn Faggetti also planned a golden anniversary celebration.