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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were-Feb. 10, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The demolition of a building on Ill. Route 185, which formerly housed the county nursing home and FAYCO Enterprises, was under way.
    Former pro football player Roger Craig was offering a $20,000 reward for information about a hit-and-run accident in Fayette County which resulted in the death of his sister.
    Jeremy Durbin of Vandalia Community High School took third place in the 189-pound class at the State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign.  

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This sailor was 20 years old when this picture was taken 56 years ago. He was born and reared in Bond and Fayette counties. He worked as a barber in Vandalia, but now lives in Northern Illinois.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • School district makes good call

    During the unusually harsh winter weather we’ve endured during the past two months, officials at Vandalia Community Unit School District were right to err on the side of caution when determining whether to cancel school.
    Nobody wants to put our children in peril by holding school when buses and other vehicles can’t safely navigate area roads.
    But so far this year, we’ve had 10 snow days – more than double the norm. And it’s time to pay the piper.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Editor:

  • The Way We Were-Feb. 3, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Kevin Kaegy, president of the Bond County Historical Society, was the guest speaker for the Lincoln’s Birthday program at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Five members of the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team earned the right to compete in the state wrestling tournament. Advancing were Todd Hale, David Graumenz, Nathan Graumenz, Mike Mabry and Jeremy Durbin.
    Former Vandalia residents Ray and Beatrice Davis were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 3, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Rick Wells and Greg Baumann.
    Identifying them were: Lester Swofford, Linda Moreland, Neil Henna and Peggy Hunt.
    This week’s Scrambler: ew nelar morf cripeenexe ahtt emn verne laner romf reepixceen.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Being Rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.

  • Many county men, women in Civil War

    In my past two columns, I have written about local events surrounding the upcoming 150th anniversary observance of the start of the Civil War on Feb. 11 and 12.

  • Mueller, Knebel worthy of Abes

    It’s always more fun to honor someone when they don’t expect it, and when they honestly don’t understand what all the fuss is all about. Then, you can be assured that they’re doing their good deeds for the right reasons.
    Such was the case with this year’s honorees for the Abe Awards, presented last Thursday by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    Receiving the prestigious awards for exemplary community service work were Joyce Mueller and Doug Kenebel.