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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – A children’s activity area was added to the schedule for the Grande Levée. The area was sponsored by Baroque Folk, and was staffed by members of Vandalia Girl Scout Troop No. 381.
    Tonya Cox was valedictorian of the class of 1993 at Vandalia Community High School, and Arpad Walker was salutatorian.
    Tiffany Slater was valedictorian of the graduating class at Patoka High School, and Jennifer Britt was salutatorian.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured in 1938, lived in Loogootee.

  • Restaurant on lake not wanted by neighbors

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter as an addendum to my previous letter (The Leader-Union, April 25), as I submitted it before reading the account of the April meeting of the Fayette County Board.
    I was at the meeting, but left after the vote denying Steve and Latisha Mabry a liquor license, so I did not hear the comments of Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team finished fourth in the state wrestling tournament, bringing home a trophy for the fourth year in a row.
    A panel of Fifth District Appellate Court judges upheld the conviction of Shobonier man Rocky Bennyhoff. Bennyhoff was convicted of reckless homicide for his part in a 1995 wreck that resulted in the death of two Vandalia teens.
    George Ryan, the Illinois Secretary of State who was a candidate for governor, was the guest speaker at the Lincoln Day dinner in Vandalia.

  • Duels were used to settle personal issues

    As far as my research shows, there has never been a duel fought in Vandalia. There have been a couple of hangings, whippings meted out by the local sheriff, according to law, a few murders and a tarring and feathering or two, but no duels.
    Duels were an accepted way for gentlemen of honor to settle “difficulties” of a personal character in the early days of Illinois.

  • Sharing the road with ag vehicles not an easy task

    Usually, we run editorials about safely sharing the roads with farm equipment in April. We do it then because in most years, that’s when our farmers are most active traveling to and from fields during the planting season.
    Not this year.
    This spring’s persistent rains have produced soggy fields that – until recently – made it impossible for farmers to get into the fields. Thus, the planting season didn’t even get under way until well into May. And it’s not done yet.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. We need old photos for the Banks feature.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Mary Greer Rendleman and Carole Ray White.
    Identifying them were: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht utrefu sha twidea nolg nughoe; fi ew od ont prags ti, retoh shadn, ginpsrag drah nad dylboo, liwl.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – St. Elmo native Bruce Williams, a 1979 graduate of St. Elmo High School, was killed in a U.S. Navy helicopter crash.
    Vandalia Community High School wrestler Ty Kidd placed third in the 160-pound class at the state-wrestling tournament.
    Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hoffman of Bingham were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Emil Graumenz, a long-time resident of the St. Peter area, was celebrating his 90th birthday.