Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fire destroyed the Ronald Daisley home in rural Vandalia.
    Tom Diveley of Vandalia was named Sandoval’s postmaster.
    Arcola’s powerhouse football team crushed Vandalia 44-0.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 –  The Fayette County United Fund Board of Directors set the 1984-85-campaign goal at $32,875. Seventeen agencies, two more than the previous  year, will receive funds from this year’s drive was Ernie Chappel.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    We do not have a Banks photo this week.
    We did not have a Banks photo last week
    This week’s Scrambler: ctouinade stsoc nomye. tub neht os seod nreagiocn.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: I would rather die of passion than of boredom.

  • A worthy addition to the HOF

    Congratulations to the members of the 2008-2009 Lady Vandal basketball team. The team will be inducted into the Vandalia High School Sports Halt of Fame on Sept. 26 at the home coming football game.

  • Lankfords donate 1840 land documents

    About a week ago, I received an emergency e-mail from Susan Etcheson, who had company coming into town to accomplish some genealogical research in a very short amount of time.
    The extended relatives, Tom and Pam Lankford, and his sister, Binky, were coming to Vandalia to visit their mother’s hometown.

  • Getting officers on the same page

    It’s not unusual for two or more law enforcement entities to respond to an accident or other type of incident. Sometimes, the officers don’t even know each other or what each other is capable of doing.
    Even before he takes over as Fayette County’s sheriff, Chris Smith wants to remedy that. He also wants to be involved in the training of all of those officers.
    Last Tuesday, Smith, working with Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison, held the first Fayette County law enforcement meetings.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Kathy Schultz, the administrator of the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook, posted this old photo of the Frier Barber Shop.



    This and other photos from Vandalia's past can be seen on the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook

  • John Metzger an early member of St. Paul

    John Metzger, a 42-year-old brick manufacturer, landed in Vandalia on July 10, 1863, following a long voyage from his home in Canton Schofthausen, Switzerland, through the port of Havre, France, to New York aboard the “Goshen” and on to Chicago, arriving July 4, 1863.   
    With him on the perilous journey was his wife, Mary Magdalene (Stihl), and their seven children: John Ulrich, Jacob, Anna, Margarette, Mary Magdalene, John H. and Louise Metzger. One more son, Gottfried, would be born in Fayette County.

  • County website is a good project

    If you have visited the Fayette County website, you have noticed that it’s not really useful in your daily dealings with the county. And, some of the information there is even outdated.
    On Tuesday, the Fayette County Board approved a proposal to have a company that specializes in the development and design of government websites.
    Hopefully, that partnership will create and maintain a website that is increasingly more valuable to county residents and others who have dealings with the county.