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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: From left, Henry Greer, Paul Bunyard, Elaine Bunyard and Mary Ellen Greer.
    Identifying them was: Donna Chrisman.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eshet ghitns rae dogo ni lamsl ramesue tub levi ni garle: tysae, lats nad nashitoite.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • William Morrison finally gets grave marker

    A few years ago, I received a letter from Robert Morgan of Florida, who was working with others to locate burial sites for graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

  • Job well done by Cole, volunteers

    The bad news is that things are changing at the Vandalia Statehouse. The good news, however, is that things are changing at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Bottom line, the solid foundation laid in the past by faithful employees and volunteers there will carry us into a future that – though not without challenges – holds much promise.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in November 1947, shows four young people from the Vandalia and Shafter areas. The one on the left is a retired farmer from Shafter. The second from the left is a retired farmer and realtor from Vandalia. The third from the left is from Shafter and is the mother of six children. And the fourth from the left is from Vandalia and is the mother of three girls.

  • Lincoln left his mark on Vandalia

    It was late in the afternoon on Nov. 29, 1834, when the stagecoach from Springfield made its grand entrance into Vandalia with galloping horses and horns a blaring.

  • State must deal with economy

    As we prepare to launch into the new year, we typically take a brief look over our shoulder at the waning year and set our sights on better things for the coming 12 months.
    This year, however, one has to work harder than usual to muster much optimism.
    In Illinois – and even in Fayette County – the dark cloud of our state's dire fiscal condition colors the outlook of even the most optimistic among us.

  • Banks of the Okaw Dec. 22, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ti swa sylawa disa fo mhi ahtt eh wenk woh ot epke stamshric elwl, fi nya nam velia dessospes  het glenwokde. yam taht eb lytru disa fo su! nad os, sa nyit mit drosbeev, "dgo slebs su, ryeve noe!"
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were Dec. 22, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 6-1 to create the office of city administrator, with a job advertisement to go out later in the week.
    Clem Schaal of St. Peter was recognized by the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. for his 10 years of service on the board.
    A renovation to the front entrance of Fayette County Hospital was moved up to the first phase of the construction and renovation project at FCH.
    Wayne and Aileen Schmitt of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.