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Today's Opinions

  • Gas contract good for city

    As gas prices continue to drop to levels not seen in a number of years, you think about all the extra pennies that you're keeping in your pockets. Just think how excited those who purchase thousands and thousands of gallons of fuel must feel.
    Add the city of Vandalia to that list, after the city council voted on Monday to ink a contract with South Central FS for its gas and diesel purchases.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler: sroyuicuti liwl qenocru reaf nvee rmeo naht rvayber.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: An unexamined life is not worth living.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Joe Martin, Fayette County Cooperative Extension adviser in agriculture, told an Agronomy Day crowd that he was leaving that position as of Feb. 9 to begin work as land manager for Alcoa Aluminum in Newburgh, Ind. Because of a university-wide hiring freeze at the University of Illinois, his position would not be filled for at least a year.
    Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team at the Olney Mid-Winter Classic. Vandalia went 0-5 in the tournament.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler: Na mdeaunxnie feli si tno tohrw nliigv.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The worst bankrupt in the world is the man who has last his enthusiasm.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Early resident was born into slavery

    One of the hats I wear is that of editor of Fayette Facts, the bi-annual publication of the Fayette County Genealogical and Historical Society.
    Chrystal England is the volunteer who copies obituaries from The Vandalia Union preserved on microfilm, and from these copies I type up an alphabetical list of obituaries from 75 years ago. Currently, we are working on newspapers from January-June 1940.

  • Use Facebook to help sheriff

    Fayette County residents now have another way to help law enforcement get wanted criminal offenders off the streets, something they can do while reading posts on Facebook.
    Fayette County Sheriff Chris Smith recently began listing active warrants on his department’s Facebook page, in addition to having his officers make special efforts to serve warrants.
    Thus far, Smith’s idea of using social media has been working out well.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Fire gutted Claudia’s clothing store in downtown Vandalia on Monday, Jan. 15.
    Kendra Sanders, the 1989 Miss Fayette County Fair, was vying for Miss Illinois County Fair Queen title at the state competition in Springfield.
    Dr. Larry Oder was president of the Fayette County Hospital medical staff.
    The Rev. Steve Diehl was the new minister at First Baptist Church, Vandalia.

    30 Years Ago