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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were-Aug. 26, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency gave Historical Vandalia Inc. $50,000 to use toward the restoration of the old Presbyterian Church, which houses the Fayette County Museum and Artworks Gallery.
    Vandalia School District officials and the Vandalia Unit Teachers Association agreed to a two-year extension on the contract for district teachers. The extension gave teachers a pay increase of 5 percent in each of the two years.
    Floyd and Lucille Bingaman of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 65th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Aug. 26

    No Mystery Banks Photo this week. (We need photos. If you have old photos that are at least 20 years old and are of people who are still living, bring them in.)
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Marcia Curry Haslett, Deborah Curry Merrill and Tom Curry.
    Identifying them were: Dick and Joyce Paul, and Maxine Crager.
    This week’s Scrambler: meit si a targe hatrece, tub tralfunyounte ti slilk lal sti plipsu.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Schools are in session; use extra caution

    In case you haven’t noticed the increased morning and afternoon traffic around area schools, we’ll give you a gentle reminder that school is now in session.
    For those of us whose daily route takes us past a school, that means we must pay closer attention to students on their way to or from school. Whether they’re elementary school students who are prone to dash into the street or teens who are preoccupied with their cell phones as they walk or drive, school zones can be dangerous areas.

  • Don Funk exemplified a 'life well-lived'

     When I received my copy of The Leader- Union in the mail this past Thursday, I learned that my longtime chemo buddy, Don Funk, had passed.
    My first thoughts were of the place he had in my life.  
    I met Don Funk in 1999 when I began the long haul of chemotherapy for breast cancer.  We visited from time to time as we occupied easy chairs in the treatment rooms at Fayette County Hospital.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured about 55 years ago, all grew up in Vandalia. The girl on the left was an Army wife and now lives in Lebanon, the girl in the center has been a familiar face around Fayette County Hospital and the boy on the right deals in antiques.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Larry Peyton.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – A ground-breaking ceremony was held for an addition to Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care.
    The Vandalia Police Department received a $6,664 federal COPS MORE grant. The department was to buy up to six cages for squad cars.
    Ralston Edwards, a community leader and grocer in Vandalia for more than 60 years, died at the age of 82.
    Ann Schwarm of Loogootee was appointed coordinator of educational services for the Regional Superintendent of Schools.

  • Notable houses also lined Gasoline Alley

    In April 1933, a former Vandalia resident, Jeff Freeman, visited his old hometown and sat down with the editor of The Vandalia Union newspaper to reminiscence about the businesses that lined Gallatin Street during his boyhood in the late 1870s and 1880s.
    “The famous National Old Trails Road on Vandalia’s leading street was just a sea of mud in which horses and wagons bogged down and citizens feared to cross 50 years ago.

  • School budgets getting squeezed by state's crisis

    Though the State of Illinois’ fiscal crisis has impacted nearly every citizen, business and organization operating in the state, it has come home to roost visibly this time of year for Illinois school districts.
    All across the state, school boards and administrators are launching into a new school year with absolutely no idea of how they’re going to keep their schools operating.