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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Paul Zeman, president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, announced that he had formed a 21-member committee to study the possibility of annexing land between Vandalia’s city limits and Vandalia Lake into the city.
    Students at Vandalia Junior High School were learning about the 1940s during a week of across-the-curriculum activities. The week included an evening presentation for parents and others in the community.

  • The Donaldsons' latch key was always out

    “They were a hardy set of people, honest and upright in all their dealings, social and kind, the latch string always on the outside.” That was how Presley Garner Donaldson described the early settlers of Northern Fayette County who commenced coming about 1825.
    Around 1910, there was a popular movement for people to publish their memoirs.  Fayette County is fortunate that Presley G. Donaldson told the story of his life in a book titled, "Life and Adventures of P.G. Donaldson," printed at Cowden’s  Jewett Printery in 1908.

  • Band concert raises $11,395, teaches lesson

    Though Tuesday’s band concert at Vandalia Community High School was tabbed “A Night of Music,” there was a lot more going on than 240 young musicians playing notes on a score.
    Instead, those students were banding together to settle a score with the forces that threaten to diminish their band program. They were playing to save the job of their director, Tony Hicks, whose position has been eliminated by the school board unless alternative funding can be raised.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No picture this week. Do you have old photos to submit?
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Members of the Barenfanger softball team in the mid-1970s. They are, front  row, from left, Coach Dan Arndt, Coach Kim Edgar, Kenny Roberts, Chris Barenfanger, Jerry Jones and Rod Branham. Back row, from left, Doug Rames, Tom Walton, Rich Rames, Andy Lester, Bob Bowen and Mike Themig.
    Identifying them were: Phyllis Rames, Bernice Etcheson and Mark Etcheson.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This photo shows a team that participated in the Vandalia men's softball league nearly 40 years ago.
     

  • Support the band; go to the concert

    Music is a special thing. It moves the soul and touches us in ways that few other things can.
    When it’s well taught, it creates unique learning experiences that cannot be duplicated in other areas of our educational system. And it instills an appreciation for music that will go with our students for a lifetime.
    In the Vandalia School District, we currently are in the enviable position of having strong instructors who are imparting the musical skills and passion to our students.

  • Children tell Sarah Washburn's story

    Sarah Washburn died at her home in Otego Township on a Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 1896, in the 63rd year of her life.
    An obituary, published in The Vandalia Union newspaper, told that she was born in the state of Virginia on Sept. 12, 1833, and came to this county as a young woman. She was three times left a widow, was the mother of six children and stepmother to as many more.

  • Alcohol is bigger issue than guns

    Editor:
    The picture on the front page of the March 7 issue of The Leader-Union of a tactical team training exercise in the halls of Vandalia Community High School is placed  alongside of the column headed “City adds liquor license” reveals inconsistency and hypocrisy.