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Today's Opinions

  • City extends condolences, praises those responding

    Editor,
    Shortly before 7 p.m. on Thursday, tragedy struck in downtown Vandalia, as an SUV carrying a mother and her four children were struck by an eastbound train. This resulted in the death of the mother and three of the children, ages 18, 13, and 10. The fourth child was airlifted from Fayette County Hospital for medical treatment.
    An estimated 2,000 people were lined up along Gallatin Street for the annual Lions Club Halloween Parade, an event that has been in downtown Vandalia for 70-plus years.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    Last week's photo: There was no photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: idagren si ot eth dinm htaw rsexcieeso ot eth doyb.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1994 – Fire destroyed the retail section of Leo Brown Lumber Co. Owner Gary Brown announced plans to rebuild.
    The University of Illinois basketball team held a scrimmage game in Vandalia, which was attended by more than 2,700 fans. Coach Lou Henson and his wife Mary, autographed copies of Henson’s new book.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 –Unemployment in Fayette County decreased from 12.5 percent in August to 11.6 in September, according to a report from Job Services of Illinois.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Gloria Durbin of Gloria's Christian & Office Supply, shows the building that now houses her business in the 200 block of South Fourth Street.

    The space that now houses her business was a cafe at the time of the photo, and the right side was a boot and shoe repair shop, according to Vandalia Memories administrator Kathy Schultz.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1994 – Officials with the city of Vandalia and Illinois Department of Corrections met for a preliminary design meeting for the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Roy Pulver, the retired supervisor of assessments for Clinton County, was getting ready to end his term as interim supervisor of assessments for Fayette County.
    He was appointed after long-time supervisor Lyle Ballance retired, and would step down when Cindi Lotz was sworn into office on Dec. 1.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: There was no photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: tfiesnidense fo srpeoup si eth gtasrtni tipno fo lal mecanetvehi.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Vote Tuesday

    Our opportunity to have a voice in our government – at all levels – comes on Tuesday.
    Tuesday is Election Day, a day when we give our input in county, state and federal government.
    At the county level, there are only two races, and only one of them is a countywide post – county clerk and recorder. The second race is for a District 1 seat on the Fayette County Board.
    Both of those are important offices. The county clerk and recorder handles elections, birth and death records, and property records as part of that person’s duties.

  • A look at some of our earlier settlers

    Many of the earliest settlers in Fayette County came in small groups, bound together by family or religious ties.