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Today's Opinions

  • Lincoln is only president to hold a patent

    I learned something new about President Abraham Lincoln last week while reading the “Historical Sketch” section of the Mt. Pulaski Times. President Lincoln held a patent.
    He gave his invention the title, “A Device For Buoying Vessels Over Shoals,” for which he received Patent No. 6,469. It was recorded on May 22, 1849, in the U.S. Patent Office.

  • Remember Lincoln beyond this week

    If you are an Abraham Lincoln buff, Vandalia was the place to be this past weekend.
    From young to old – and everyone in between – there was some Lincoln activity going on. It’s a time rich in historical importance, as it marked the 150th anniversary of newly elected President Lincoln’s departure for Washington as well as the beginning of the events that launched the Civil War.

  • Who's the best?

    Included in today’s Leader-Union is a ballot that lets you vote. But this vote does not deal with politicians or political issues.

    Instead, it is a ballot that allows you to cast a vote for your favorite business or product in a wide range of categories.
    It’s called The Leader-Union’s Readers’ Choice contest. And, as the name implies, we want you – the readers – to let us know who gets your vote.

  • 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.