Today's Opinions

  • Visitors research links to Statehouse

    It doesn’t happen often, but from time to time, we have visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse whose ancestor served in the House or Senate during the years that Vandalia was state capitol.
    In many cases, the visitor knows a little about their relative, but as happens in history, the connection to the political history of Illinois is all that is known about their time in the service of the state.
    Earlier this year, Dave Odum visited the capitol and asked about his ancestor, Dempsey Odom, who served in the House and Senate from Williamson County.   

  • Vandalia Memories

    These Central School Junior Vandals won the grade school heavyweight sectional basketball tournament to advance to state.

    In front are Jon Smith, Mike Keppler and Roger Bone. In back are assistant coach Bill Schultz (who managed the team in the absence of coach Jim Littleford), Charles McDowell, Dale Forehand, Reed Bechtel, Bruce Bennyhoff, Tom Force, Gary Nevinger and Eddie Atwood.

    Pat Smith Frost contributed this Vandalia newspaper clipping.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 –  The University of Illinois mascot, Chief Illiniwek, visited Jefferson School students who were honored for good behavior.
    Vandalia had six Illinois State Scholars – Sid Smith, Tammy Green, Christy England, Jeff Scott, Beth Herrington and Angie Harmeier.
    The community Resource Center moved to its new location on North Eighth Street in Vandalia.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Mayor Neil Donnals announced that he would be running for re-election in the spring.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no Banks photo this week.
    In last week's photo were: Lowell Sefton, Melissa Sefton Ferguson, Lynn Sefton and David Sefton.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: ryeev wrodc sha a elsirv ninlgi.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: When a thing is not worth overdoing, leave it alone.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Look downtown this Christmas

    Support of Vandalia’s businesses, particularly those in our downtown business district, is important to keep those businesses thriving. And, there’s no time better than the present to provide that support.
    Many of us are in the midst of shopping for Christmas presents, and we encourage you to shop Vandalia first as you work to complete your gift lists.
    How many times do we hear that downtown Vandalia has nothing to offer? But, do those people making those complaints give their support to what we have in our downtown?

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The photo of this little girl was taken about 73 years ago.

  • FAYCO incident shows that AEDs save lives

    You know those fire extinguishers and automated external defibrillators that are stationed on the walls of our work places, those small tools that we think will never be put into use? Well, there may come a day when one of those will save a life, as was the case last week at a FAYCO facility.
    When a FAYCO employee went down due to a heart attack last Monday, other employees sprung into action, with one beginning chest compressions. That employee called for the nurse, who, in turn, called for the AED stationed a short distance away.

  • Illinois men travel to Vietnam Exhibit

    Last weekend my son, Mat, along with fellow re-enactors, all members of Charlie Co., lst Battalion 1/502, 101st Airborne, headquartered in Chicago, traveled to Mt. Pleasant, S.C., to take part in the grand opening of the Vietnam Experience Exhibit at Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum.