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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: riefual evrdopsi eth senloss ot seunre soregrsp.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Risk surrounds everything worth accomplishing.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – More than 150 Vandalia Community High School students and faculty-members gathered outside for prayer as “See You at the Pole” was observed nationwide.
    Louie and Josephine Franklin of Ramsey were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    A crew from NBC-TV was in Vandalia to interview local residents on such things as the economy, politics and the status of the country in general. The product was to be aired during the network news.

  • Researching Lincoln in Vandalia

    In March 2015, a gentleman by the name of Robert Shaw telephoned to tell me that he was visiting Vandalia to photograph the Vandalia Statehouse and wanted to know some of the history during Lincoln’s legislative years.

  • Come on downtown this Saturday

    Looking for something to do this Saturday? Come downtown – there will be plenty to do. And you can support the effort to beautify Vandalia's downtown.
    The Shoal Creek Chapter of ABATE will hold its annual Bike Show and Family Fun Fest. That event features something for all ages.
    In addition to the motorcycle show, which includes a kids' bike contest, the Fun Fest features games and activities for children. There's also going to be some good food – pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, chips and drinks.

  • Electronic recycling could be lost

    In May, we published a story about how abuse could kill the electronic recycling program offered by the Fayette County Soil and Water District. Four months later, that's more of a possibility.
    While the program was initially offered free of charge, its operating costs have necessitated charging a $5 fee for each load of items turned in for recycling.
    Yet, there are many who try to use the service without paying that fee. The more who do that, the more likely that the service will no longer be offered.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Jamie and Justin Elmore, and Alisa and Lynsey Hourigan.
    Identifying them were: Ruth Ann Garrison, and Raymond and Ljean Rush.
    This week’s Scrambler: sikr rsunsordu tegriyvneh tohrw ichogmalnipsc.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ignorance is curable; stupidity is not.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – An open house was being held at the new Vandalia Correctional Center work camp.
    Vandalia Police stepped up patrols around elementary schools after a 7-year-old student at Lincoln School reported that a man attempted to abduct her while she was walking home from school.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau conducted its annual crop survey. The survey netted estimated yields of 108 bushels per acre for corn and 32.75 bushels per acre for soybeans.

  • Remembering my sister's life

    My sister died Saturday morning at about 3 o’clock. After receiving the call and being unable to sleep, I began to think that I really didn’t know her that well.