Today's Opinions

  • County must not eat its seed corn

    For the past several meetings of the Fayette County Board, Chairman Steve Knebel has pleaded with county department heads to trim their budgets.
    He’s warned them of the dire financial straits the county is in. He’s told him that layoffs will be necessary if significant cuts aren’t made. And he’s cautioned them against continued dependence on the county’s capital improvement fund to cover operating expenses.
    It’s time for action. If not, we'll continue to eat our seed corn.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 13, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1950, shows two young women who grew up in Vandalia. One now lives in Ramsey and one now lives out of state (after living in Decatur for several years).

  • The Way We Were Oct. 13, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996  – Using a stifling defense and a strong ground game, the Vandalia Vandals defeated Pana, 12-0, to win the Mid-State Conference football crown, the school's first in 20 years.
    Rich Walker, Vandalia's mayor for the past 12 years, announced that he would not seek reelection.
    Bill and Vernus Lytle of Brownstown were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Conestoga wagons were the way to the West

    In 1914, The Vandalia Union, as it celebrated its 50th anniversary, invited readers to write reminiscences for publication in an anniversary issue. Many people took the editor up on his invitation, including one citizen who wished to remain anonymous.
    This writer gives a colorful, first-person account of the covered wagon days. It is from stories such as these that we learn more about life in Fayette County during the 1800s.

  • Public Notices inform citizens

    Though today’s issue of The Leader-Union contains an unusual volume of Public Notices, those notices are a valuable part of each and every issue of the paper.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 6

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured 73 years ago, grew up in the Mulberry Grove area.

  • The Way We Were Oct. 6

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk and city treasurer, but approved an ordinance setting all alderman salaries at $4,000. Before, half of the aldermen were making $4,000 and half were making $3,600.
    The Vandalia Vandals football team earned a spot in the postseason playoffs by trouncing Shelbyville, 48-0.

  • Reader prefers five-day weather outlook

    I want to encourage those who object to the different weather channel presentation on our cable television to call and register their objection.
    Locally, call 283-3567, or visit the office at 318 N. Fourth St. Statewide, call 1-888-863-9928.
    If enough people act, we may get a change back to more what we used to have – a five-day forecast, compared to a one-day-only forecast.
    Laurie Mabry