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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This father is pictured with his son around 1969.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dale Timmerman, Randy Edwards and Rich Walker were re-elected officers of the Vandalia/Fayette County Enterprise Zone.
    Vandalia’s 11- and 12-year-old Little League team won first place in the Hillsboro Little League Tournament.
    Dave Crye was elected commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    Beth Blankenship of Mulberry Grove was crowned Miss Bond County Fair. It was the third title in one year for Blankenship, who was also crowned Mulberry Grove High School’s homecoming and prom queen.

  • Samuel Hall family early area settlers

    The Hall family of Ramsey Township was part of the group that first came to Illinois in 1816, settling in Saline County where they lived for two years before moving near Lebanon in St. Clair County.
    Malaria proved to be so bad there that the following year they moved again, with Joseph settling at Vandalia and Samuel on the east side of Mitchell Creek, opposite what was afterward old Williamsburg, about 12 miles south of Shelbyville.

  • Statehouse hours must be preserved

    Last week in this space, we touted the importance of tourism to the economies of Fayette County and Illinois.
    State officials  trumpeted the fact that the Land of Lincoln just recorded its third consecutive year of record-breaking tourism numbers. And tourism-related expenditures total $26.5 million in Fayette County and $2.6 billion statewide.
    The state's tourism director even paid us a visit to underscore the need to value and enhance the money coming from the traveling public.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Editor:
    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