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Today's Opinions

  • Tour, Grande Levée translate into local dollars

    Anyone in Vandalia who has questioned the value of tourism in the past should have seen that value in the past week.
    First, many residents watched hundreds and hundreds of vehicles, many of them classic cars and trucks, go through town at participants in the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour made their way to Indianapolis, Ind.
    What many didn't see were the stops that those drivers made in town, either to fill up on fuel or grab something to eat, or both.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young man still lives in Vandalia and has been married for many years.

  • Looking Back
  • Tex Williams is Ramsey native

    Not long ago in a conversation with Johnnie Hicks, he told me he and his wife were the only inhabitants of the historic village of Anvil.

  • Celebrate our history ... while having fun

    You hear all of the time about how Vandalia has this great history that's worth remembering and promoting – this weekend, you can join in the celebration of that history.
    After a two-year absence, the Grande Levée is returning to the grounds of the Statehouse, the building that served as the state capitol for four years in the early 1800s. And it's coming back on its original weekend.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Rick Yarbrough and Mike Hagy.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: uro etsnrhgt wrosg tuo fo rou ksaeswen.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Optimism is the content of small men in high places.

  • Funding from state for 911 in jeopardy

    Editor,
    9-1-1 is the backbone of public safety and Illinois’ back is breaking.
    On behalf of the sheriffs, the chiefs of police and all the men and women of public safety in Illinois, we encourage Governor Rauner to approve SB 1839. Without that approval, the system will be unfunded at the close of business June 30.
    It’s unthinkable that someone in Illinois might dial 9-1-1 after June 30 and nobody would be there to take the emergency call.

  • Vandalia Memories