Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings were born about 65 years ago in the Bluff City area, where they attended school. They both now live in Vandalia.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • Remember our veterans' contributions

    I recently met a homeless veteran who was eating out of dumpsters.
    I feel guilty about not trying to reach out to him sooner; he died of an overdose.
    He did multiple tours in Vietnam – 1962 to 1966 – in a construction battalion.
    There are so many vets who are homeless and suffering from combat illnesses. Many of these vets are too proud to reach out for help. And they have to wait so long for any kind of help from the Veterans Administration system. These vets are really mistreated.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fifth Saturday Celebration in Vandalia included a Civil War encampment, art show, craft show, Christian music festival, classic car cruise and a biathlon.
    Robert Burnside was honored for 50 years in the practice of law during the annual meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association.

    30 Years Ago

  • Old Hurricane Church among area's oldest

    A few months ago, Brent Hunter shared with me papers that his mother had copied from the original church records of the Hurricane Baptist Church, organized near VanBurensburg before Illinois' statehood.

  • Tourism impact 'huge' in county

    Tourism is a big deal in Vandalia and Fayette County. We've known that for some time, but state tourism officials this week made it official.
    As a part of a five-day statewide barnstorming tour, Illinois Office of Tourism Director Jen Hoelzle and other tourism officials stopped in Vandalia on Tuesday. During a program at the Vandalia Statehouse, Hoelzle praised the local tourism effort and underscored the economic impact of tourism on the state and local economies.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This Vandalia couple (center) were married 62 years ago in June and still live here.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The St. Peter Business Development Committee kicked off its efforts with a picnic in Community Park for representatives of agencies that  could assist the village in its business development efforts. Lawrence A. Rubin chaired the committee.
    Bob Jackson of Mulberry Grove signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Kaskaskia College.
    The Vandalia Community High School Class of 1929 held its 60-year class reunion.
    Kendra Sanders of rural Vandalia was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair.

  • Barbed wire was important in Vandalia history

    It has been my good fortune to meet other "history-minded" people, such as myself, during my forays into the history of Fayette County and her people.
    One of these was the late Emory Meador who, from time to time, would loan me newspaper clippings and books that he thought would interest me. One of the books was titled, “The Barbed Wire 111 Bible” by Jack Glover.