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Today's Opinions

  • Attend the forum

    Still trying to sort out the crowded primary election race for Fayette County Sheriff? Need to know more about the candidates' before you step into the voting booth on March 18? Help is on the way.
    Two weeks from today – on Thursday, Feb. 27 – The Leader-Union, in cooperation with WPMB/WKRV radio and the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, will host a candidates' forum for the four candidates for sheriff and the three candidates for county clerk.
    It will be a time to hear those candidates outline their credentials and demonstrate their abilities.

  • VCHS wrestlers riding wave of school tradition

    The single-word headline on today’s sports page says it all: “Tradition.”
    Webster’s Dictionary defines the word as: “A long-established custom or practice that has the effect of an unwritten law…a story, belief or custom handed down from generation to generation.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, shown about 75 years ago, was a lifelong farmer on the same farm he was born on in the western part of Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Patoka’s basketball team came up with a giant victory, beating Lebanon 76-73 in the Flora Shootout. Chad Mansker scored 26 points and earned MVP honors for the Warriors.
    Lisa Luster was crowned queen and Darren Rhodes king of the Brownstown Community High School homecoming.
    Beth Blankenship was named Mulberry Grove High School homecoming queen, while Sara Beth Murfin was named Patoka High School homecoming queen.
    John Baird retired from the St. Elmo post office after a 30-year postal career.

  • The Wakefields were first Otego settlers

    John Allen Wakefield is credited with being the first white man to live in what is now Otego Township in Fayette County.  In 1824, Wakefield and young wife, Eliza, built a log home near the Vincennes Trace in Section 17 and opened it to travelers. This house was the first to be built in the township.

  • The Wakefields were first Otego settlers

    John Allen Wakefield is credited with being the first white man to live in what is now Otego Township in Fayette County.  In 1824, Wakefield and young wife, Eliza, built a log home near the Vincennes Trace in Section 17 and opened it to travelers. This house was the first to be built in the township.

  • School funding needs overhaul

    A task force that has been studying the state’s current system of funding school districts has come to a not-so-startling conclusion: the system is broken.
    “The way we fund public education in Illinois is currently very complex,” state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, told reporters on Monday. “But one piece of it is very simple: It isn’t working.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who grew up east of Brownstown, has two sisters and five children. She's lived in Fayette County all her life and is a housewife.