Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Donors, volunteers made summer lunch program a success

    Another successful year for Summer Lunches for Kids.
    Once again the citizens of Fayette County rallied to meet a need in their community. Thanks to the faithful volunteers and the generosity of so many, we were able to provide more than 5,100 lunches to children in Vandalia, Shobonier, Vera, Ramsey and Brownstown this summer.
    Back in March, we asked for donations to purchase food for the lunches and we were overwhelmed by your generosity. When we asked for jars of peanut butter and jelly, we received enough to make all the sandwiches we needed.

  • Friday is 9/11 – we cannot forget to honor those we lost

    9/11 – We Cannot Forget!
    This Friday, Sept. 11, will make 14 years since the sad and tragic day that our nation had to endure, as a country and as citizens!
    We cannot forget those lives that were taken from us on that day. We need to cherish their lives, as we live on with ours.
    Since that day, more then 6,000 young lives have been sacrificed in the call to duty to protect our nation, and to seek out and destroy those enemies who brought terror to our cities and our people.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in this photo, taken in 1943, lived here most of his life and raised five children. He was the Mr. Softee Man.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  A Fayette County Child Sex Abuse Advocacy Board was formed. Doris Benefiel, chief managing officer of the Fayette County Probation Office, was chosen as chairman.
    Charles and Gladys Fisher of Brownstown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Vandalia’s 61-room Days Inn motel was ready to open. Eddie Lowry was named manager: The motel was owned and operated by Old Capital Hospitality Inc., a group of local investors.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were reared on a farm in Shafter. The brother still lives on the farm, and the sister lives in Vandalia and has a son.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's photo: Ed and Tom Grubaugh.
    Identifying her were: Ed
    This week’s Scrambler: tavictriye mseadnd eorm anth a dogo eida.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Wait first proposed rail line

    William S. Wait was a visionary who died before he could see his vision become a reality.
    As far back as 1835, Wait, of Greenville, was thinking of a rail line stretching across Illinois, from Terre Haute to St. Louis, linking Greenville to both Eastern and Western markets.