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Today's Opinions

  • The livery stables in early Vandalia

    In Vandalia’s early years, the livery stable played an essential part in the fabric of the community. Our early inns, such as Maddox House and Charter Hotel, both had a stable and their rate list was for both man and beast.

  • Put an end to the madness

    The local impact of the failure of this state's governor and legislators to come to terms on a state budget was brought to the forefront again on Monday night.
    Mayor Rick Gottman and Clerk Peggy Bowen told alderman that the state owes the city close to $400,000 for services provided to Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: oiysuirct si neo fo eth naetmrepn nda teiranc rceciscahstairt fo a orguoivs ndmi.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Our aspirations are our possibilities.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Mrs. Whitten's fifth-grade class, Andrew Crosswait, RuthAnn Garrison, Wanda Green, Larry Cable, Juanita Workman, Elizabeth Kasten, and Harold and Loretta Tidwell.

  • Younger generation will need to step up

    Every December for the past several decades, families picking up their Caring and Sharing baskets in Vandalia were initially greeted by a man wearing a Santa hat bearing the words, “Bah, Humbag.” But, in reality, the guy wearing that hat expressed the true meaning of Christmas.
    Bob Hayner also expressed the true meaning and value of volunteerism.
    We’ve talked many times in this space about the importance of a community having residents willing to step forward to give of their time and effort for volunteer groups and projects.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Shirley Hoyle Lacey.
    Identifying her were: Carole Mitchell, Janet Lach, Carolyn Sasse, Jeanette Dippold and Doris Young.
    This week’s Scrambler: uro tpisaoirsna ear rou isbsipeosilti.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Experience is the name we give our mistakes.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council accepted the resignation of Jeanne Gustafson, who had headed up the city’s economic development efforts for the previous 6½ years. Gustafson accepted a similar job in Mt. Vernon.
    Vandalia Correctional Center Warden Mike Baker reported that the construction of a new work camp at VCC was “moving right along.” The work camp was to house 400 minimum-security beds and employ 155 staff members.
    Albert and Rena Torbeck were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Vandalia Memories