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Today's Opinions

  • It's time to voice opinions on rail issues

    At a meeting next Monday night, Vandalia aldermen will be presented with some options designed to improve rail crossing safety in the community. It's a meeting that others in Vandalia may want to attend.
    Options to be presented include closing Main Street from Fifth Street to Eighth Street, and limiting Fifth and Sixth streets to one-way traffic between Gallatin and Randolph streets.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Steve Jerden uploaded this photo of the ceremony for the unveiling of the Madonna of the Trail statue in front of the Vandalia Statehouse in 1928.

  • Gas contract good for city

    As gas prices continue to drop to levels not seen in a number of years, you think about all the extra pennies that you're keeping in your pockets. Just think how excited those who purchase thousands and thousands of gallons of fuel must feel.
    Add the city of Vandalia to that list, after the city council voted on Monday to ink a contract with South Central FS for its gas and diesel purchases.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler: sroyuicuti liwl qenocru reaf nvee rmeo naht rvayber.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: An unexamined life is not worth living.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Joe Martin, Fayette County Cooperative Extension adviser in agriculture, told an Agronomy Day crowd that he was leaving that position as of Feb. 9 to begin work as land manager for Alcoa Aluminum in Newburgh, Ind. Because of a university-wide hiring freeze at the University of Illinois, his position would not be filled for at least a year.
    Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team at the Olney Mid-Winter Classic. Vandalia went 0-5 in the tournament.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler: Na mdeaunxnie feli si tno tohrw nliigv.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has last his enthusiasm.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Early resident was born into slavery

    One of the hats I wear is that of editor of Fayette Facts, the bi-annual publication of the Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society.
    Chrystal England is the volunteer who copies obituaries from The Vandalia Union preserved on microfilm, and from these copies I type up an alphabetical list of obituaries from 75 years ago. Currently, we are working on newspapers from January-June 1940.