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Today's Opinions

  • Welcome, Law Dogs

    Vandalia will be roaring with the sound of hundreds of motorcycles later this week as Vandalia hosts the national rally of Law Dogs, a motorcycle group made up of people associated with law enforcement and the military.
    It's the second time within two months that we are hosting a national gathering right here in Vandalia.
    That means that our city and its people is doing something right.

  • Bunyard Bible given to museum

    It has been several months since Scott Bunyard telephoned me to tell me of the existence of the Samuel Bunyard family Bible. An inscription on the inside of the hand-tooled leather cover bore his name and the date, Feb. 17, 1866, both written in a stylistic script.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Several thousand people braved the heat to attend the Grande Levée. One of the most popular attractions was Abe Lincoln presenter Joseph Woodard of Greenup
    Alpha Mu sorority sponsored a three-day babysitting clinic for 28 area children.
    The Vandalia Board of Education approved a 5-percent pay hike for administrators.
    Peg Williams and Dave Bell were the top female and male finishers in the Grande Levée 5-K run.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    In last week’s photo was: Jane Langston
    Identifying her was: Sherry Dunahee.
    This week’s Scrambler: tivaryetic sah a tol ot od hiwt a nigsenslwil ot kaet siksr.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Instinct is untaught ability.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl, shown in a photo taken early in 1964, lives in Vandalia, has three children and currently works at a local doctor's office.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 –  A Brownstown youth, 16-year-old Presley Gilbert “Gibby” Cannon, drowned in a rural Brownstown lake.
    Jim Edgar, Illinois Secretary of State and the Republican candidate for governor, attended a fundraising dinner at Vandalia Lake. The cajun dinner raised more than $30,000.
    Jo Collins was elected president of Vandalia Business and Professional Women’s Club.
    First National Bank of Vandalia celebrated its 125th birthday.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Some women went to the big city

    The traditional beginning of the Easterday family takes us back to the time of Martin Luther, the late 1400s to early 1500s.