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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were-April 21

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A letter of intent was signed for the sale of Witte Hardware Corp., operator of a distribution center in Vandalia, to Orgill Corp., an independent hardware distributor based in Memphis, Tenn.
    Alicia Gerkin and Jay Keppler were crowned queen and king at the Vandalia Community High School prom.
    Members of Soroptimist International of Vandalia were to canvass the downtown business district over the weekend to plant flowers in barrels as part of its “Bloom in Historic Vandalia” program.

  • Those who have served deserve our thanks

    You can either stand on the sidelines all of your life, questioning and complaining about the decisions made by those who represent us on local governmental entities. Or, you can choose to get involved, either though an election or by appointment, by serving on one of those entities.
    On Monday night, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman honored several individuals who fall into the second category – Lisa McNutt, Larry Bennett, Bret Brosman and Larry Cable.

  • Boggs was a part of Civil War ironclads

    James A. Boggs stood before the judge of the Fayette County courts on Nov. 2, 1880, and, raising his right hand, renounced all fealty to Queen Victoria of Great Britain and solemnly swore that he would support the Constitution of the United States.
    Boggs, a native of Nova Scotia, stated that he had lived in the United States for 38 years and, in the fall of 1861, enlisted in the Army, serving his term aboard the gunboat Louisville on the Mississippi River.

  • Banks of the Okaw-April 14, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This aspiring race car driver grew up in Vandalia and now operates a business here. The photo was taken about 1949.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Linda Hanabarger.

  • The Way We Were-April 14, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Tornadoes in southern Fayette County caused damage estimated at $500,000. No injuries or deaths were reported from the group of twisters, which also caused damage in Marion County estimated at $10 million.
    The Vandalia City Council recommended that city residents be surveyed about a change in the form of city government.
    After the completion of some rehabilitation work to the old Presbyterian Church, the Fayette County Museum was set to re-open.

  • Be cautious on rural roadways

    The signs of spring are beginning appear – the grass is growing, flowers are blooming and kids are outside playing. Add to that list the movement of farm equipment.
    Generally, the arrival of spring means more traffic on our roads. Motorcyclists are out on their bikes, and people are beginning to take more weekend jaunts. Rising gas prices – with some experts predicting that a gallon of gas will increase to $5 per gallon this summer ­­– could change that somewhat.

  • Banks of the Okaw-April 7, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, pictured several years ago, is well known in Fayette County for her love of history. She is a mother and a grandmother.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • The Way We Were-April 7, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – After learning its insurance carrier, the Illinois Counties Insurance Trust, had added a new surcharge late in 1995, the Fayette County Board decided to look at other insurance providers.
    Dustin Sefton and Christy Yokley were crowned king and queen at Brownstown High School’s prom.
    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce was getting ready to proceed with the construction of its welcome sign.
    Fayette County Hospital announced that it was adding a home health program.