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Today's Opinions

  • Notable houses also lined Gasoline Alley

    In April 1933, a former Vandalia resident, Jeff Freeman, visited his old hometown and sat down with the editor of The Vandalia Union newspaper to reminiscence about the businesses that lined Gallatin Street during his boyhood in the late 1870s and 1880s.
    “The famous National Old Trails Road on Vandalia’s leading street was just a sea of mud in which horses and wagons bogged down and citizens feared to cross 50 years ago.

  • School budgets getting squeezed by state's crisis

    Though the State of Illinois’ fiscal crisis has impacted nearly every citizen, business and organization operating in the state, it has come home to roost visibly this time of year for Illinois school districts.
    All across the state, school boards and administrators are launching into a new school year with absolutely no idea of how they’re going to keep their schools operating.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured nearly 50 years ago, has lived most of his life in Vandalia. He and his wife have three grown children and five grandchildren. In this picture, he was advertising a local car dealership.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Tammy Stine Votrain, G.R. Stine II and Kelly Stine Redenbo.
    Identifying them were: Juanita and Ted Workman, Danny Donaldson, Shirley Ferguson, Bailee Workman and Debbie Smith.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The chief of staff preservation services for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency came to Vandalia to view the rehabilitation work being done on the Fayette County Museum building.
    Tom Isbell, a Vandalia alderman and former member of the city planning commission, died after suffering a stroke.
    The Vandalia Vandals opened the 1995 football season with a 40-0 trouncing of Litchfield. Travis Blain led the Vandals’ offense with 73 yards, and Zach Gummert completed seven of 17 passes for 103 yards.

  • Blankenship's hobby preserved history

    Granville Blankenship was born on April 5, 1890, in Bear Grove Township, the son of Francis Marion Blankenship and Barbara Tirzah Carpenter.
    Barbara was a daughter of Peter and Mary Dickson Carpenter, and came to Illinois with members of her family from Cleveland County, N.C., soon after the death of her father on May 27, 1865, in a Union prisoner of war camp at Point Lookout, Md.

  • Blankenship's hobby preserved history

    Granville Blankenship was born on April 5, 1890, in Bear Grove Township, the son of Francis Marion Blankenship and Barbara Tirzah Carpenter.
    Barbara was a daughter of Peter and Mary Dickson Carpenter, and came to Illinois with members of her family from Cleveland County, N.C., soon after the death of her father on May 27, 1865, in a Union prisoner of war camp at Point Lookout, Md.

  • Keep up search for bypass plan

    Though the Illinois Department of Transportation had already announced its intentions to “take a couple steps back” in the process of determining a route for a U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, a meeting last Wednesday with more than 125 northside residents gave the engineers a clear sense of the local concerns about the proposed bypass route.
     It was, as state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) described it, evidence that “democracy works.”

  • Your Opinion

    Editor:
    We want to commend the editorial in the July 22 issue of The Leader-Union.
    We agree that more questions should be asked in this uncertain economy. What used to work in the past does not mean it works today.
    Asking questions may bring about new ideas, a better way of doing things, and maybe even why things are done like this. It may bring to light that this does not have to be done at all.