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Today's Opinions

  • Caring people come through

    It just never seems to slow down, the generosity of Fayette County during the holiday season. Every year, good times or bad, those who are more fortunate step forward to provide a Merry Christmas for those who are not.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Wesclin won the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. Flora, Shelbyville and Wesclin all had a 3-1 record, and because of the tie, free-throw percentage determined the winner. Wesclin’s Paul Lusk was named most valuable player of the tournament with 112 points and 44 rebounds. Brian Kern of Vandalia was on the all-tournament team.
    Several residents of the Tanner Drive-In area, northwest of the Vandalia city limits, attended the Vandalia City Council meeting to ask that efforts to annex that area into the city be stepped up.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This man was born in Confidence, Ill., almost 100 years ago.

  • Shop with a Cop a good program

    While some police officers across this country are drawing media focus for the wrong reasons, Vandalia’s finest are showing that they are deserving of that title.
    Led by Chief Jeff Ray, the VPD conducted a Shop with a Cop for the first time this holiday season. Through that program, with financial support from some local businesses, groups and individuals, city officers were able to provide 11 youngsters with a merry Christmas.

  • The stories of Smith, Crump & Cronk

    While working on decorating the tree at the Vandalia Statehouse last week we got into a conversation about names.
    One of the stories we tell to visitors at the old capitol is of Supreme Justice Theophilus Washington Smith, who pulled a gun on Gov. Ninian Edwards. Edwards took it away from him, pistol-whipped him and broke his jaw.
    Another of the justices, Stephen Lockwood, in a letter to his wife, Mary, wrote that Smith’s jaw "had not yet reunited."

  • Vandalia Memories

    As part of their campaign tour across the Midwest in 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore, stopped at the Vandalia Statehouse, where they spoke to a crowd estimated at 10,000.

    After their speeches, Clinton and Gore, and their wives, Hillary and Tipper, were led on a tour of the Statehouse by Judy Baumann, who was then the site superintendent. Also in this photo, taken by Leader-Union Editor Rich Bauer, is Roland Burrus, a Centralia native who was the state's attorney general at the time.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: All of the members of this family grew up in the Sefton community. Three still live in the Brownstown community.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 –  The annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament was under way.
    The Leader-Union and area merchants were sponsoring the First Baby of the New Year contest.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Beginning Feb. 17, one had to pay 22 cents to mail a letter. Postcard rates raised to 14 cents.