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Today's Opinions

  • Barbed wire was important in Vandalia history

    It has been my good fortune to meet other "history-minded" people, such as myself, during my forays into the history of Fayette County and her people.
    One of these was the late Emory Meador who, from time to time, would loan me newspaper clippings and books that he thought would interest me. One of the books was titled, “The Barbed Wire 111 Bible” by Jack Glover.

  • Hiring administrator is right move for city

    The Vandalia City Council is right to begin the process of filling its city administrator position after operating for about 4½ years without one.
    Since the position became vacant in 2010, Mayor Rick Gottman has stepped in to perform many of the duties formerly done by the city administrator. Also helping fill the void has been executive secretary LaTisha Paslay.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Cindy (Sprayberry) Scoles, Becky (Elmore) Hourigan, Judy (Ray) Nalley, Vicky (Greer) Haas, Barbara (Wright) Ellis and Patty (Ellis) Morgan.
    Identifying them were: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler: rastt rehew ouy rae. sue thwa uyo veha. od hawt uoy nac.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia Correctional Center received word that its road camp was scheduled to reopen in October, a little more than two years after it was closed. It meant an additional 25 jobs at VCC.
    Grace Kepner of the Wheatland HEA was named homemaker of the year at the annual meeting of the Fayette County Home Extension Association.
    The First Baptist Church youth choir was readying its musical “Live It to the Max,” for a multi-state tour.
    Ten girls were vying for Miss Fayette County Fair honors.

  • Metzger building has long, colorful history

    Several months ago I was contacted by the Tim Metzger family for information on the Metzger Hotel built by Tim’s great-grandfather, John Ulrich Metzger.

  • Sign enforcement must be consistent

    A complaint lodged against a Vandalia citizen who posted signs on public property near his home advertising garden produce for sale has resulted in discussions of how the city’s sign ordinance should be enforced.
    Currently, enforcement of the city’s lengthy sign ordinance is driven by complaints – meaning that the city doesn’t enforce it unless someone complains.
    Well, someone complained about Dave Hill’s vegetable sign. So now he’s complained to city aldermen about the city’s enforcement practices.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fayette County farmers were busy harvesting wheat. In some areas, there was no wheat to harvest as a May hailstorm wiped out the crop.
    The Fayette County Health Department and S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) sponsored self-protection seminars for female county employees and the general public.
    Ashley Crabtree was named Little Miss at the Ramsey Daze celebration.
    Vandalia Jaycees sponsored a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks at the Vandalia Lake.

    30 Years Ago

  • A look at Vandalia businesses in 1924

    In 1989, I fell into the position as editor of the quarterly publication of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society.