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Today's Opinions

  • Children tell Sarah Washburn's story

    Sarah Washburn died at her home in Otego Township on a Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 1896, in the 63rd year of her life.
    An obituary, published in The Vandalia Union newspaper, told that she was born in the state of Virginia on Sept. 12, 1833, and came to this county as a young woman. She was three times left a widow, was the mother of six children and stepmother to as many more.

  • Alcohol is bigger issue than guns

    Editor:
    The picture on the front page of the March 7 issue of The Leader-Union of a tactical team training exercise in the halls of Vandalia Community High School is placed  alongside of the column headed “City adds liquor license” reveals inconsistency and hypocrisy.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Bed races, a car cruise and a community-wide garage sale were among the planned activities for the Cumberland Road Fest being sponsored by the Vandalia Tourism Committee.
    Vandalia Junior High School students were studying the “Roaring ‘20s” during a week-long, across-the-curriculum activity. The week included special instruction and discussion about the 1920s, and a USO Show being put on by the students.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings, pictured in 1973 feeding Robbie their pet Robin, grew up in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Charles Davis, 34, of Assumption was arrested for the armed robbery of First National Bank in Ramsey in December.
    Senior Courtney Ulm was crowned queen at the homecoming dance at Patoka High School, and Fred Venturini was crowned king.
    Glenn Poshard, a Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, and Bob Churchill, a Republican candidate for secretary of state, visited Vandalia.

    20 Years Ago

  • Judge Farmer revered then and now

    On June 10, 1927, Supreme Court Justice William M. Farmer was honored by newly elected judges of the Fourth Judicial District in celebration of his 30th anniversary on the circuit and supreme court benches of Illinois.

  • Sunshine Week promotes access

    Welcome to Sunshine Week 2013. This is the week during which media outlets across the nation point out the importance of openness in government offices and access to vital information.
    A transparent and accessible government is obviously a priority for newspapers and the media generally. But it’s also important to all citizens, businesses and organizations that need to interact with government entities at all levels.
    When our government is responsive to its constituents, we all win.

  • Joseph Boleyjack was larger than life

    The early history of Fayette County, published in book form in 1878, lists Joseph Boleyjack as one of the earliest settlers in Loudon Township. Many others are listed as well, but it is Boleyjack, or “Old Buckskin,” as he was called, who garnered more than a brief mention in the history book.
    Joseph Boleyjack was born about 1809 in Ohio. He married Sarah Cronk in Fayette County on July 3, 1843.