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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 23, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This man, who has farmed all his life in rural Vandalia, is turning 60 today. He is married and has four children (two girls and two boys). The two boys help him farm. If you know him, give him a call and wish him a happy birthday.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Zachary Ryan Townsend.

  • The Way We Were-Dec. 23, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – Springfield Calvary upset Shelbyville, the team rated No. 1 in Class A basketball, to win the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. Mario Brown of Calvary was named the tournament MVP.
    State Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville), along with several representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, held a meeting at Days Inn in Vandalia to hear concerns about the future of Carlyle Lake. About 70 local residents attended the meeting.

  • Was Abraham Lincoln really a Scrooge?

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Blog “From out of the Top Hat” has an entry this week about the Lincolns and Christmas, titled “Scrooge Lincoln?” It talks about how Christmas was just like any other day in the Lincoln White House, and the president, like Scrooge, saw no reason for the family and staff to act differently on that day. The blog is at www.alplm.org/blog. It is updated every Monday, and additional topic suggestions are always welcome.
    The text of the blog is presented below.

  • Christmas memories center on families

    The Christmases of my childhood revolved around family.
    We would always visit Grandma Gum, my mother’s mom, on Christmas Day. On Thanksgiving Day, cousins would draw names for a gift exchange to be held at Christmas, and her house would be filled with aunts, uncles and cousins.  
    On Christmas Eve day, we were allowed to open one gift before we left for church.  Generally, it was a package that contained an outfit to wear to the Christmas program that evening. Most times, the outfit was made by mom.

  • Hayners typify area volunteers

    After what she had gone through just a few days before, no one would have questioned why Marlys Hayner wasn’t around to help hand out the Caring & Sharing baskets on Saturday, just as she has done for almost three decades.
    Last Tuesday night, Mrs. Hayner escaped serious injury, one that could have resulted in either one or two broken legs. But there she was on Saturday morning, walking around and, as is custom, offering holiday cheer to the recipients of those Christmas baskets.

  • The Way We Were-dec. 16, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The attorney for Stuart Heaton, a Bluff City man convicted of murder in 1992, was asking the court for the permission to obtain fingerprints for two local men who he believed committed the murder.
    Vandalia’s wrestlers took first place at the Mascoutah Invitational. Mike Mabry, Nathan Graumenz and David Graumenz won their weight classes.
    Fayette County Caring & Sharing distributed Christmas baskets to 523 people in the county.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 16, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured as a Christmas gift 24 years ago, went to school in Vandalia. He is now married and lives in Brownstown. He loves to hunt and fish.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: i veern idd tagnyhin horwt gindo yb tidnecac, ron idd nya fo ym stinovnine moec yb nidtacec; hyte meca yb rowk.

  • City wrong to deny church in old Rural King building

    Editor:
    The city of Vandalia has done it again. Made another mistake, that is, by turning down the move of First Assembly of God Church to the old Rural King building.
    With the present job growth (none), the present business growth (very little) and at a time when we need God more than ever, they have stopped the church from moving.
    What really says it all is that if it had been a place of hard spirits instead of the Holy Spirit, they wouldn't have had to even take a vote. Does anyone see any humor in this?