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Today's Opinions

  • Body cams are useful tools

    Drug offenders in Fayette County have made it possible for law enforcement officers to now be equipped with a piece of equipment that can greatly aid in the prosecution of others.
    Fayette County State's Attorney Joshua Morrison has used monies obtained through drug seizures to buy body cams for officers throughout the county.
    Those units will record footage of numerous types of criminal investigations, including those for suspected drunk drivers and those alleging domestic abuse.

  • The true story about Lincoln's jump

    While looking through back issues of The Ramsey News-Journal, I came across an article in the Aug. 8, 1939, issue submitted by Will F. Jordan of Pana. The writer had spent some time in the log cabin home of George Jackson of Carson Township and wished to share his experience with his neighbors.
    He wrote, “Down in what is known as ‘the sticks’ in Carson Township, Fayette County, is located the humble but hospitable old cabin home of George Washington Jackson, retired farmer.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    Last week's photo: Cecil Williams.
    Those identifying him were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Patty Donaldson, Shirley Mattes, Carolyn Sasse, Ed Taylor, Beulah Brown, Barb and Herschel Ambuehl and James Williams, and Charlie and Linda Townsend.
    In the photo in the Dec. 18 issue were Frederick, Vernon, Linda, Kenneth and Wilma Brazle.
    No one identified them.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
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  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Brant Wright was the winner of The Leader-Union’s “First Baby of the Year” contest. He was born at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, Jan 3, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham to Darin and Cheryl Wright of St. Elmo.
    New anti-drug laws affecting bus driver went into effect, meaning all school bus drivers had to pass drug and alcohol tests prior to getting their permit.
    The Pit Stop Restaurant opened in Vandalia. Owners included Judy, Vicky and Joyce Miller.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Pat Smith Frost, was taken in 1941. In the photo at the Western Auto store at 518 W. Gallatin St. are Howard Daniels, Lucile (Pummill) Smith, Everett Devore and Lynn Gott.

  • Part II of county history book began

    Over the past 18 months, a committee of members of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society, including Judy Brazle (chairperson), Virginia Rigdon, Donna Ruble and Cathy Smith, have overseen the submission of family histories for a new county history book.

  • Caring people come through

    It just never seems to slow down, the generosity of Fayette County during the holiday season. Every year, good times or bad, those who are more fortunate step forward to provide a Merry Christmas for those who are not.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Wesclin won the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. Flora, Shelbyville and Wesclin all had a 3-1 record, and because of the tie, free-throw percentage determined the winner. Wesclin’s Paul Lusk was named most valuable player of the tournament with 112 points and 44 rebounds. Brian Kern of Vandalia was on the all-tournament team.
    Several residents of the Tanner Drive-In area, northwest of the Vandalia city limits, attended the Vandalia City Council meeting to ask that efforts to annex that area into the city be stepped up.