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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia’s post-prom casino night was attended by about 100 students.
    Queen and king of the VCHS prom were Melinda Sue Yarbrough and Gary Graumenz.
    Brownstown Junior High School eighth grade boys track team tied with Peoria Pleasant Valley for the state title. Curtis Schwarm had two seconds and a third, and was a member of the second-place relay team.
    Teachers retiring from the Vandalia District included Ellen Black, Jessie Mae Halbrook, Elizabeth Molett, Marjorie Blythe May, Melvin Donnelley and Eli Hefron.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady, pictured about 60 years ago, was born in Vandalia. She now travels extensively to foreign countries, and followed her grandfather in ministry work.

  • Fehren home renovated for American Legion

    When I was in junior high, I was a member of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary that met one Saturday a month at the Crawford-Hale American Legion home in Vandalia.  Our meetings were held in a room  on the main floor that is now used for the military museum.

  • Fehren home renovated for American Legion

    When I was in junior high, I was a member of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary that met one Saturday a month at the Crawford-Hale American Legion home in Vandalia.  Our meetings were held in a room  on the main floor that is now used for the military museum.

  • Remember vets on Memorial Day

    On Monday, our nation will pause to observe Memorial Day. We'll have a day off from work and we'll probably have a picnic with our family.
    After all, that's what the holiday is all about, right? It's the end of school. It's the kick-off to summer.
    Wrong. Memorial Day is much more than those things. It's a day we've set aside to remember those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms and to secure our nation. Many of those paid the ultimate price – sacrificing their lives so that we can be free.

  • Inns, taverns and hotels vital in local history

    Recently I have been looking into the history of a building in Vandalia’s business district – or rather, the history of the lot on which it stands.