Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Citing “immediate family concerns,” Republican candidate Marsha Sidwell Combs pulled out of the November state’s attorney’s race in Fayette County.
    Lorraine and Andy White of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jeanne and Ivan Witbracht were also celebrating their golden anniversary.
    Tom Turner, who had served as principal of South Central Elementary School, was chosen for the principal’s job at Patoka Elementary School.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl's family moved to Vandalia when she was a high school freshman. She worked as a school secretary for 48 years and has been retired for 22 years.

  • Celebrating the 4th in olden days

    To celebrate the Fourth, I thought it might be interesting to learn how the early settlers of days past celebrated this day.  

  • Rally shows support for schools

    A rally in downtown Vandalia last Wednesday afternoon that urged the passage of a state budget obviously caught the eyes of our governor and state legislators. And that rally would not have been successful were it not for a number of local people.
    First, there are two local individuals who have been in the forefront of the effort to have equitable school funding in Illinois, a state that ranks dead last when it comes to that unequity – Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well and Sandoval Superintendent Jennifer Garrison, a Vandalia Community High School graduate.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • A history of the historical society

    The Fayette County Genealogical Society was organized on May 27, 1971, at a meeting held in the Hospitality Room at Farmers and Merchants Bank in downtown Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: aneorcgni si ton eonineccn tub nis.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Responsibility educates.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Judy Elder, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, and Cy and Lorene Locke.

  • The library is more than a lot of books

    When you think about a library, or Evans Public Library in particular, your first thought is about a building with a whole lot of books. But, we're hoping that you are discovering that Evans Public Library is much more than that.
    We hope, through a series of articles, to educate local residents about the programs and services offered at the library.
    So far, we've told you about many programs offered to children of all ages, including story times, summer and winter reading programs, Fantastic Fridays and Teen Advisory Board.