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Today's Opinions

  • Fayette connections in early Texas history

    Texas was an independent nation from March 2, 1836, to Feb. 16, 1846, when it became the 28th state in the Union.
    Sam Houston was chosen as president of the Republic of Texas, with his inauguration on Oct. 22, 1836. They applied for annexation to the United States and, as they say, the rest is history.
    Let’s go back a few years – before 1836.  There is a Fayette County connection here.

  • Compromise to aid VCHS band

    After operating under a cloud of uncertainty for more than a year, the Vandalia Community High School band last Thursday received a ray of sunshine when the Vandalia Board of Education agreed to restore half of the director’s position it had cut in early 2013.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Payne and Kendall Ray were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Patoka Class of 1989.
    Voters in the LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma school districts approved the consolidation of their districts by a 3-1 margin.
    Ed Hightower, a collegiate referee and school administrator from East Alton, was speaker at the VCHS athletic banquet.

  • KC to dedicate veterans memorial

    Editor:
    June 6, 1944, is D-Day – the day on which the Allied forces began the invasion of France during World War II.
    Now, 70 years later – on Friday, June 6, 2014 – a new Veterans Tribute Memorial will be dedicated at Kaskaskia College in Centralia.

  • A salute to the area women who served

    In my last column, I shared the history of the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home from the “War Stories” book.

  • Work plan may teach a lesson

    Every time we pass by the Little Red Caboose in downtown Vandalia, we're reminded of the senseless act of vandalism that has marred that aging landmark.
    Several months ago, two juveniles broke into the caboose and did their best to destroy it. In the process, they broke out nearly all the windows – which makes it an eyesore to the public and exposes the interior to the elements.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, shown more than six decades ago, grew up in the Vandalia area and was part of a family of eight. He has three daughters and spends his winters in Florida.

  • Applicants for award impressive

    Editor:
    I would like to commend the 10 students who applied for the 2014 Douglas R. Rames Character Award.
    My only wish is that all the readers of The Leader-Union could examine the contents of the applications, because they would undoubtedly applaud the students' efforts to enter the competition.
    They also would see that the quality of our young applicants is outstanding.
    Bravo to our dedicated Vandalia teachers!
    Phyllis J. Rames
    Vandalia