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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This This young lady grew up in the Pittsburg area, and she has worked in the banking and insurance business. She has been married for more than 30 years, and has two beautiful daughters and an adorable great-granddaughter.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: niogtainaim si eomr tponarimt atnh egnoedwlk.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
    Unscrambling it were: RuthAnn Garrison, Larry Cable, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Cy and Lorene Locke, Elizabeth Kasten, Diana Roe, Carolyn Maske, Andrew Crosswait, and Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – A little more than 200 people took advantage of a hazardous home waste collection program offered at South Central FS in Vandalia.
    Clint Benhoff and Tim Worker of Ramsey were on the baseball squad at Lake Land College.
    Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nattier of Patoka were making plans to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • April is Child Abuse Month

    Editor,
    Illinois participates in a national tradition of observing April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. April is devoted to celebrating everything we can do to transform our communities into places that care about – and actively support families and children.
    By making sure all parents in our communities have access to quality childcare, affordable health services, parenting education resources, substance abuse treatment and mental health programs, we make progress toward what the month stands for – preventing child abuse.

  • The history of Masons in Vandalia

    “The first lodge of the Masons in Vandalia was chartered October 8, 1822 as Vandalia Lodge No. 8 with then Governor of the state, Shadrach Bond, elected M.W. Grand Master. This Grand Lodge held all its annual communications in Vandalia until 1828, when all was a blank until 1835 due to persecution.”

  • A chance to help those with cancer

    Earlier this month, we told you about a fund that has been established to help local residents who are battling cancer.  Next week, you will have a chance to join with those who are working to build up that fund.
    A meeting of the Fayette County Cancer Fund is being held at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in the Fayette County Hospital conference room. That meeting is open to the public, and we ask you to consider attending that meeting.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Vandalia Mayor Rich Walker reported that the project to extend sewer lines to the city’s western Interstate 70 extension was nearing completion.
    South Central was knocked out of postseason play with a 79-55 loss to Freeburg at the Vandalia Sectional Tournament.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Rod Irvin and Vandalia Police Department Sgt. Fred Willms told local business owners what they could do to fight shoplifting and bad check offenses, giving recommendations at a meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.