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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    In last week's photo were: Megan Steele, Danielle Steele and Blake Meseke.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: ramyotrdm si eht lony ywa ni cwihh a nma nca cmeoeb mofuas uhtoitw iyblita.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Admit your errors before someone exaggerates them.

  • A look at our post-capital days

    I am involved in various historical pursuits during any given week, and one that I completed some time back was a transcription of the old Vandalia Minute Book for the years 1839-47.
    This was a very interesting time in Vandalia’s history, because the capital of the state had been moved to Springfield and the building that housed the state offices was given to Fayette County for use as a county courthouse. Provision was made in the gift that room be provided for the Vandalia Trustees and also that space be set aside for a school.

  • Our fair offers a wide variety

    For some, it's the pageants. For others, it's the 4-H shows. And yet others enjoy the stock car races, tractor and truck pulls, and other grandstand attraction. And, of course, there are the rides and the food.
    The Fayette County Fair offers all of that, and more.
    The fair gets under way on Sunday, as the county's 4-H members prepare for the shows that run through much of the week and the fair association presents a new grandstand attraction, an a capella quartet, that evening.

  • Take in the Lincoln Festival

    While you are enjoying an outdoor theater, you probably won't even notice that you are taking in a history lesson.
    The third annual Lincoln Heritage Festival is being held on Saturday and Sunday in Vandalia's parks along Fillmore Street.
    Sandra Leidner, a former mayor, and the Vandalia Tourism  Committee are once again providing a two-day festival that includes a wide variety of activities.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble posted on Vandalia Memories an advertising card featuring a photo of Augenstein's Gulf Service, which was located at 1129 N. Fifth St. in Vandalia, the corner now occupied by Elephant's Attic.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These three children are pictured at day care. The girl seated is having her hair done by her sister. One of the girls is married and has a baby.

  • Some early facts about Farina

    The village of Farina began as a station on the Chicago Branch of the Illinois Central Railroad. It was surveyed by James Carson on Nov. 9, 1857, and a post office opened the following year, with William L. Dillon as postmaster. It is not known who chose the name.

  • Be safe on the Fourth

    It's a three-day, midsummer celebration likely to be full of picnics, barbecues, boating and other outdoor activities. It's also something that can turn tragic in a second.
    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people, on average, go to the emergency room with injuries caused by fireworks around the Fourth of July.
    Of those injured, 40 percent are between the ages of 25 and 44, and 14 percent are in the 45-64 age range. Twenty percent of those injured are between the ages of 10 and 19.