Today's Opinions

  • Storm-shortened Relay For Life still raises $30,000

    Though Saturday's annual Relay For Life was cut short by threatening weather, the local fundraising event for the American Cancer Society still did an excellent job of raising funds in the fight against cancer.
    After months of preparation and other fundraising events – such as the Volley For The Cure, which raised about $7,000 – Saturday's even can still be deemed a success.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Hail and high winds broke windows, dented vehicles and destroyed roofs and crops in Fayette County. The damage was estimated at $15 million.
    South Central was the name chosen by students for the newly consolidated Farina LaGrove, Kinmundy-Alma school district.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two couples, shown at the Ramsey High School prom in 1965, both eventually married.

  • 'Where Are They Now?' feature is great idea

    Upon receiving the May 8 issue of The Leader-Union, I was pleased and excited to read the new section entitled “Where Are They Now?” That concept, presented by Mrs. LaDage and Mr. Roberts, is a great idea, and I look forward to many more excerpts.

  • Fayette connections in early Texas history

    Texas was an independent nation from March 2, 1836, to Feb. 16, 1846, when it became the 28th state in the Union.
    Sam Houston was chosen as president of the Republic of Texas, with his inauguration on Oct. 22, 1836. They applied for annexation to the United States and, as they say, the rest is history.
    Let’s go back a few years – before 1836.  There is a Fayette County connection here.

  • Compromise to aid VCHS band

    After operating under a cloud of uncertainty for more than a year, the Vandalia Community High School band last Thursday received a ray of sunshine when the Vandalia Board of Education agreed to restore half of the director’s position it had cut in early 2013.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Payne and Kendall Ray were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Patoka Class of 1989.
    Voters in the LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma school districts approved the consolidation of their districts by a 3-1 margin.
    Ed Hightower, a collegiate referee and school administrator from East Alton, was speaker at the VCHS athletic banquet.

  • KC to dedicate veterans memorial

    June 6, 1944, is D-Day – the day on which the Allied forces began the invasion of France during World War II.
    Now, 70 years later – on Friday, June 6, 2014 – a new Veterans Tribute Memorial will be dedicated at Kaskaskia College in Centralia.