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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Wanda Walton retired from First Bank in Vandalia after working there 44 years.
    A reorganization of the Vandalia School District’s central office was approved. The reorganization included the reassignment of Jeff Endres, the district’s business manager for 13 years, to a teaching position.
    The city of Vandalia was still working to get rid of the odor spreading from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
    The Vandalia Main Street Executive Board began the work necessary to get a program manager hired.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: oelpep ulodw aetrhr eb aysnltepal rsupeirds ahnt etyritlb ptaodidensip.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Endurance is patience concentrated.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Ruth Ann Garrison, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey, Misty Gathe, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Walt and Mary Philbrick, Elizabeth Kasten, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, and Andrew Crosswait.

  • The rest of the story on Field

    In my last column I wrote about Alexander Pope Field, who was an important Illinois historical figure. In that article, I wrote, “... in 1828, Gov. Ninian Edwards appointed him secretary of state, a post he held until 1840.”
    I also wrote that this was a story all by itself and, folks, this is that story.

  • Cleanup Week is next week

    Tired of sifting through a bunch of things – things that really have no value or you no longer have any use for – in your attic or garage while looking for something? Next week is the time to get rid of them.
    The city of Vandalia is holding its annual Cleanup Week for customers of Doty Sanitation next Monday through Friday.
    Here are the guidelines that the city has set:
    • The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia Police Department dispatcher Christy Brown and Richard Winters of Greenville split a $16,000 reward for information they gave that helped police capture murderer Kelly McGinnis of Greenville.
    Ruth Lape of Vandalia was celebrating her 90th birthday.
    Marc Sikma of Vandalia moved on to the finals of the Country Companies’ Three-Point Showdown.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: George “Herb” Dieckmann.
    Identifying him were: Ivalee Stine Herrin, Joyce Mueller and Harold Baumann.
    This week’s Scrambler: adeurcnen si etciepna tencdoatercn.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

  • The story of Alexander Field

    In the early years when the governor lived in Vandalia, our city was home to many men of importance.