Today's Opinions

  • 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

    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.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Brownstown Board of Education approved a new two-year contract with the Brownstown Education Association.
    Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Chandler of Ramsey and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lay of rural Ramsey were celebrating their 50th anniversaries.
    Fire gutted the building at 611 W. Orchard St. that housed businesses and apartments. Damage was estimated at $250,000.
    Long-time Vandalia attorney Bob Burnside was named grand marshal of the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo available. Photos are needed. Send to: The Leader-Union, P.O. Box 315, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Wally Bertram.
    Identifying him were: Al and Janette Sasse, and Alvin and Pat Riedle.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tumnie ouy lestet rof sles hant uyo veedres, oyu egt neev sels naht yuo lestdet rof.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • This Thanksgiving, really give thanks

    For many Fayette County residents, the year 2012 has been a wild ride.
    Take, for instance, the roller-coaster that our farmers have endured. First, it was one of the earliest springs on record, allowing them to plant their crops in record time. Then the rains shut off and the searing heat turned on – leaving the corn crop a shriveled shadow of the promise it had shown early in the season.

  • Welch owned mill on Pepper Mill Branch

    Francis Marion Bolt was born in southeast Ramsey Township, and in his early years was a school teacher in the neighborhood schools.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Historical Society was to hold a ceremony to recognize Mary Burtschi for her donation of the Little Brick House to the society.
    The Vandalia Jaycees were still looking for a place to hold their haunted house.
    Travis Blain rushed for 294 yards against Pana, but the Vandals lost to Pana, 21-14, in an overtime contest.
    Mr. and Mrs. David Hill of Vandalia were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary, and Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Hollman of St. Peter were marking their 50th anniversary.

  • Chancey traces family ties to Union vets

    Although the military history of his family goes back to the Revolution, to Commodore Chauncey in the War of 1812 on the Great Lakes and up through most of the wars including current day.