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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Come to Vandalia for good olde tyme

    The Christmas decorations are up, the city's tree is in place at the top of Gallatin Street and the merchants have their stores stocked with all sorts of Christmas presents.
    It's Christmas time in Vandalia!
    This Friday's Olde Tyme Christmas celebration officially kicks off the of the holiday season in Vandalia. Events run from 5-9 p.m. in stores throughout the downtown area. You'll find special pricing, fully stocked shelves and helpful merchants, ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured in 1957 at age 20 while he was serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, has lived in Fayette County all his life.

  • Every day is good day to remember veterans

    By James E. Koutz
    When people think of veterans, they often think of warriors. But Hurricane Sandy offers just the latest reminder of the significant humanitarian and often-times, life-saving work performed by our veterans on a daily basis.

  • Our freedom isn't free

    Editor:
    I think that we have forgotten the true meaning of Veterans Day. It is observed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, and was originally known as Armistice Day.
    Years ago, I had a rare opportunity to sit down with Charlie Mills (the former owner of The Leader-Union). He told me stories of bravery and sacrifice made by common, ordinary soldiers.
    Veterans Day was to signal the stopping of the “war to end all wars.” Of course, we know that it didn’t.