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Today's Opinions

  • Letter preserves history of Grandfields

    With the building of the National Road through Fayette County, beginning around 1829, workmen and their families arrived and villages grew along the route, with Howard’s Point being a prime example.
    One of these was that of Thomas Grandfield. Through a letter written in 1957 by Lewis Grandfield to a grandson, we learn that Thomas was a stone cutter, and worked his way from Philadelphia to Fayette County on the National Road.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. Old photos are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler: ew od creepenexi stemnom tybulesalo erfe morf ryrow. stehe firbe pirestse rae lacdel cinpa.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. (Vince Lombardi)

  • Sarver's book recalls rural life in 1914-15

    Recently I have been reading a book written by Jess Sarver, titled, “As It Comes To Mind.” Initially published in 1976 by The Pana News-Palladium of Pana, a second printing was done in 1980. My copy is from the second run.
    This little book centers on Jess’s home in Carson Township, and the family, neighbors and friends who were all a part of his life while growing up.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Democrat David C. Marty, Fayette County treasurer for the past 28 years, announced that he would not seek an eighth term in office. Later in the week, Democrat Rose Hoover, a deputy clerk under Marty, announced that she would run for treasurer.
    The Vandalia football squad defeated Piasa Southwestern to finish the year at 6-3 and win an at-large playoff berth.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture last week. New pictures are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler: het lytaqui fo a snopre's feli si ni tridec nortipopro ot rithe nemtimtmoc ot lecneelcex, lerdsagres fo  rihet nocseh lifde fo rovdeena.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.

  • Shopping locally better than mall

    We've now survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we've even been subjected to a new phenomenon  – Black Thursday. That's the name given to sales that start on Thanksgiving Day.
    The national media has fanned the flames of these new examples of commercialism-gone-bad by highlighting the crazy antics of rude shoppers at the malls. We've seen fistfights, mad dashes for prized products and general displays of rudeness. It's all in the name of  getting a certain gift at any cost.

  • Santa to arrive this Saturday in Rotary parade

    Two weeks ago, Vandalia merchants officially kicked off the Christmas shopping season with the annual Olde Tyme Christmas celebration. It was a rousing success, with crowds of shoppers meandering through festively decorated stores in the downtown business district.
    Since then, Vandalia merchants have been putting their best foot forward as they've welcomed holiday shoppers.
    This weekend brings another landmark in the Christmas tradition in downtown Vandalia.

  • Adults must be role models in promoting sportsmanship

    Editor:
    Now that the Greenville High School Comets' football season has ended, I would like to take this opportunity to voice some concerns.
    When does friendly rivalry cross the boundary lines?
    I, like many other people, live in Vandalia and work in Greenville. I have heard numerous rumors about the Vandalia-Greenville football game. Our quarterback did receive two cracked vertebrae in his neck, and thank goodness is out of his neck brace now and doing well.