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Today's Opinions

  • Job well done by Cole, volunteers

    The bad news is that things are changing at the Vandalia Statehouse. The good news, however, is that things are changing at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Bottom line, the solid foundation laid in the past by faithful employees and volunteers there will carry us into a future that – though not without challenges – holds much promise.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in November 1947, shows four young people from the Vandalia and Shafter areas. The one on the left is a retired farmer from Shafter. The second from the left is a retired farmer and realtor from Vandalia. The third from the left is from Shafter and is the mother of six children. And the fourth from the left is from Vandalia and is the mother of three girls.

  • Lincoln left his mark on Vandalia

    It was late in the afternoon on Nov. 29, 1834, when the stagecoach from Springfield made its grand entrance into Vandalia with galloping horses and horns a blaring.

  • State must deal with economy

    As we prepare to launch into the new year, we typically take a brief look over our shoulder at the waning year and set our sights on better things for the coming 12 months.
    This year, however, one has to work harder than usual to muster much optimism.
    In Illinois – and even in Fayette County – the dark cloud of our state's dire fiscal condition colors the outlook of even the most optimistic among us.

  • Banks of the Okaw Dec. 22, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ti swa sylawa disa fo mhi ahtt eh wenk woh ot epke stamshric elwl, fi nya nam velia dessospes  het glenwokde. yam taht eb lytru disa fo su! nad os, sa nyit mit drosbeev, "dgo slebs su, ryeve noe!"
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were Dec. 22, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 6-1 to create the office of city administrator, with a job advertisement to go out later in the week.
    Clem Schaal of St. Peter was recognized by the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. for his 10 years of service on the board.
    A renovation to the front entrance of Fayette County Hospital was moved up to the first phase of the construction and renovation project at FCH.
    Wayne and Aileen Schmitt of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Gettings stories in book an early present

    As I was working on preparations for the upcoming Christmas celebration, my thoughts turned to last year when, for me, Christmas came early.

  • Caring & Sharing keeps on giving

    Thirty-five years ago, a group of Fayette County Health Department employees banded together to make Christmas a little brighter for six local families.
    That special holiday program quickly grew into Fayette County Caring & Sharing, which has for several decades provided Christmas baskets for more than 400 less-fortunate families in the county.
    In its early years, all of those Christmas baskets were distributed at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia. Today, that church’s parish center is just one of a handful of distribution sites.