Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Main Street Board of Directors went to the Vandalia City Council to request $15,000, with the money to be used as startup funds for the program.
    Eleven members of the Vandalia wrestling team advanced to the individual sectional tournament. Of the 11, six won regional titles – Shane Graumenz, Michael Mabry, Hank Stout, Nathan Graumenz, Chad Wilson and Nick Cocagne.
    Gilbert Olive was installed is worshipful master of Vandalia Temperance Lodge No. 16, A.F.&A.M.

  • Memories on tape preserve tale of family

    First off, I would like to thank all those who read this column and share with me their enjoyment of the stories that are told here. Many times, more facets of the stories I share come forward and become, as one popular commentator put it, "the rest of the story."

  • Company must produce results

    Though no one on the Vandalia City Council could recall any prospects produced for Vandalia by a Texas business recruiting company, the council last week unanimously voted to continue for one more year its relationship with Site Location Partnership.
    We can't fault the council for trying to lure businesses here. However, we urge them to take a long, hard look at the value provided by the company before extending the contract beyond the year just approved.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – Vicky Perkins of Vernon won $100,000 in the Illinois Lottery.
    Joe Cearlock was president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Other officers were Dave Mahon, treasurer; Kevin Childers, secretary; and Paul Zeman, vice president.
    Vandalia wrestlers John Kaiser, Todd Emerick and Chad Bowers advanced to the Vandalia Sectional after placing in the top three places in regional action Saturday at Litchfield.
    Birth - Kayla Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor of Vandalia.

  • Lincoln's local leap more legend than fact

    According to legend, Abraham Lincoln jumped from a second floor window of the Vandalia Statehouse building to defeat a quorum.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured at age 17 in 1943, was born and raised in Shobonier.

  • Get the synthetic drugs off shelves

    An article in last week's issue of The Leader-Union announced that the Vandalia Police Department will begin confiscating synthetic drugs known as K2 and K4, and arresting those who possess or sell them.
    Though it's a move that should've been taken long ago, we hope that it will remove products from distribution that have been widely abused by our young people.

  • Lincoln events are everywhere

    If you are a history buff, this coming weekend is tailor-made for you. Everywhere you look in Vandalia, something historic or Lincoln-connected is being celebrated.
    First, the third anniversary of the National Road Interpretive Center will be observed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with a special program at 4 p.m. If you haven't been to the center, take a few minutes and see all the information and artifacts that are available about the famous road that terminated in Vandalia.