Today's Opinions

  • A look at some of our earlier settlers

    Many of the earliest settlers in Fayette County came in small groups, bound together by family or religious ties.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo is of a popular local band in the 1960s.

    From left to right are Mike Hourigan, Mike Uelberg, Mike Scoles, Slick Cothern and Jerry Finley.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989  – The Vandalia Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club, was a huge success.
    A Cumberland Road Festival in the spring and an Old Capital Settlers’ Association Festival in the fall were to replace Fifth Saturday celebrations in Vandalia.
    Brownstown’s volleyball team repeated as regional champions with a 15-11, 15-3 win over Vandalia in the tournament finals. The Bombers lost to Newton in first-round sectional action.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Levi Halford, with Mickey Gilley.
    Identifying him were: Mrs. Rabe, John Hagy and Kathy Blain.
    This week’s Scrambler: eth tweas fo elif sncdiocoea yb ntiryg ot od oto hyam ta neoc si plgipania.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: By perseverancem the snail reached the ark.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Most family stories pretty much true

    Having worked in family genealogy for nearly 35 years now, I have come to believe that most stories told within a family are 90-percent accurate. Some facts have been forgotten over the years with some added, as the story is retold in each generation, but the basic kernel of truth remains.
    One of my favorites, a story told in the Bricker family and recorded in the 1862 Knox County, Ohio, history book, tells about Ludwig (Lewis) Bricker, whose kin ended up in Fayette County and live here today.

  • Support programs that support us

    With economic times being what they are, many worthwhile programs in the community are looking for support from community residents. Opportunities to provide such support abound within the next week.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo shows the building that we now know as the two-story Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home at 321 S. Seventh St. in Vandalia. Pictured here, it's the three-story Fehren mansion.


  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – An estimated $39,000 was raised through the Family Y fundraiser “Putting On The Ritz” Saturday evening.
    Brownstown won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament held in Ramsey last week.
    Josephine Flood and Evelyn Faggetti were voting delegates from Vandalia who attended the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Conference held in Springfield.

    30 Years Ago