Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw Dec. 22, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ti swa sylawa disa fo mhi ahtt eh wenk woh ot epke stamshric elwl, fi nya nam velia dessospes  het glenwokde. yam taht eb lytru disa fo su! nad os, sa nyit mit drosbeev, "dgo slebs su, ryeve noe!"
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were Dec. 22, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 6-1 to create the office of city administrator, with a job advertisement to go out later in the week.
    Clem Schaal of St. Peter was recognized by the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. for his 10 years of service on the board.
    A renovation to the front entrance of Fayette County Hospital was moved up to the first phase of the construction and renovation project at FCH.
    Wayne and Aileen Schmitt of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Gettings stories in book an early present

    As I was working on preparations for the upcoming Christmas celebration, my thoughts turned to last year when, for me, Christmas came early.

  • Caring & Sharing keeps on giving

    Thirty-five years ago, a group of Fayette County Health Department employees banded together to make Christmas a little brighter for six local families.
    That special holiday program quickly grew into Fayette County Caring & Sharing, which has for several decades provided Christmas baskets for more than 400 less-fortunate families in the county.
    In its early years, all of those Christmas baskets were distributed at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia. Today, that church’s parish center is just one of a handful of distribution sites.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 15, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Yvonne "Shorty" Clanton.
    Identifying her were: Lowell and Marilyn Wells, Heather Osborne, Tina Benning, and Melvin and Janet Kern.
    This week’s Scrambler: fi uoy vahe litbu scetsal ni eth ria, royu rokw dene otn eb stol; ahtt si rehew hyte dulhos eb. won upt snufotdanio redun meht.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were-Dec. 15, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Fayette County Board was considering a resolution that would require inmates in the county jail to help pay their own medical expenses.
    The Vandalia wrestling team captured the title of the Civic Memorial Tournament for the second straight year.
    Everett and Paula Sasse were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, and Forrest “Shaner” and Cleta Lutz of Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 65th anniversary.

  • Statehouse Christmas always exciting

    This past Saturday evening, visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse participated in an annual tradition – the Christmas open-house at Illinois’ oldest capitol.

  • Blagojevich pleas too little, too late

    After years of playing with fire in the rough and tumble world of Chicago’s corrupt political machine, Rod Blagojevich finally got burned.
    Right up to the end, it appeared that he felt he could flash his boyish smile, crank up the bravado and walk away unscathed – just like he had from every other tight spot he’d been in. But last Wednesday, things changed.