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Today's Opinions

  • County courthouse has unique history

     We in Fayette County are very proud of that fact that of the state’s 102 counties, Fayette County is the only Illinois county whose courthouse was once a private residence.

  • Vandalia enjoys time in spotlight

    Though Vandalia has had a number of local residents who have had their individual moments in the spotlight, it’s not common that the city itself has taken center stage.
     It happened 50 years ago, when writer-turned-sociologist Joseph Lyford came to town. After interviewing dozens of locals and observing the way things get done here, he wrote a book – “The Talk In Vandalia” – that described the community as it was in 1962.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – A number of volunteers and a crew from the Vandalia Correctional Center Work Camp strung holiday lights along the tops of businesses in the downtown Vandalia business district.
    Fayette County Habitat for Humanity set a dedication ceremony for its first house, which was located at 1417 W. Madison St. in Vandalia.
    Sarah Roberts scored 14 points to lead the Vandalia Middle School eighth-grade girls to a 36-12 win over Litchfield that gave the squad a share of the Jr. Mid-State Conference title.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This man, pictured 60 years ago, owned a business in Vandalia and retired as a truck driver. He has two children.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia officials announced that local businesses could apply for loans through the city's Community Development Assistance Program revolving loan fund. Previously, the funds were available only for industrial projects.
    A Mt. Vernon architectural and engineering firm presented Vandalia School District officials with a study on district facilities. That study showed that the district needed more space, and that it would be expensive to address that problem.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two boys are cousins who were born one day apart.

  • Good picture of child with Santa Claus

    Editor:
    One of the joys I get at Christmas time is seeing children meeting Santa Claus. They sit on his knee, some happier than others, as some children really don’t know who that jolly old elf is, and they shed a few tears.
    However, that was certainly not the case with one little boy. The photo of 2-year-old Hunter Berning that you published in The Leader-Union and The Leader-Union Extra shows an absolutely precious little boy with a smile on his face, showing no fear, but utter fascination with Santa.

  • C&S again surpasses expectations

    Editor:
    There is just no way to thank so many people in every corner of our county for their generous response to those in need this year. The collections of cash, clothing, food, gifts and toys were overflowing and overwhelming!
    We would especially like to thank those who gave of their valuable time, to come and help sort, pack and distribute the baskets.
    Perhaps the words of one recipient best expresses the gratitude of all:
    “I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those involved with Caring and Sharing this year.