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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The two brothers in this photo, taken in about 1950, have lived in or around Ramsey their entire lives.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
    Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
    Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.

  • Resident asks Lions to reconsider their decision

    Editor,
    This letter is addressed to the Vandalia Lions Club:
    I just want to say what I think about taking the candy away from the Halloween Parade.
    I was told that it is about crowd control. They want to stop the unruly kids from running out in front of the participants in the parade. Let me tell you about those unruly kids. Their parents were raised the same way and their parents before them. They do not know any other way. They often see very little happiness in their lives.

  • Lions explain reasons for no candy in parade

    Editor,
    The Vandalia Lions Club has sponsored the Annual Halloween Parade for over 70 years now and the Parade has undergone many changes throughout the years. This parade has been recognized as one of the finer parades in Southern Illinois and band directors from all over the area from as far away as Mascoutah, Mattoon, and Mt. Vernon have complimented the City, the Lions Club, and the people of Vandalia for running and hosting a great parade.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man being sought for the murder of Greenville attorney Tom Meyer, fled from authorities after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the  LeFevre, Zeman,  Oldfield & Lawinger law office in Vandalia.
    Megan Schukar was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School. Foreign exchange student Bogdan Leshchinskiy was crowned king.
    Former Vandalia Community High School principal and teacher Bob McAllister died after a battle with cancer.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The two brothers in this photo, taken in about 1950, have lived in or around Ramsey their entire lives.
    They're still in that area, retired and enjoying their large circle of family and friends.
    Do you know them? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: scusces si a ruenjyo, tno a iotsnatnied.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Lions really had no other option

    In case you missed it, this item was in the 25 Years Ago section of The Way We Were on this page last week:
    Starting with the VCHS homecoming parade Friday, the city of Vandalia had new rules governing parades. Those rules stated that parade participants would no longer be able to throw candy or other give-away items, and that parade watchers would be required to stay on sidewalks.
    That tells you how long crowd control has been an issue. In fact, it's continually gotten worse, especially in recent years.

  • Vandalia Memories