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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: itbialy sah hoitgnn ot od thiw tupotpryino.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Great opportunities are often fleeting.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, RuthAnn Garrison, Kyli Sidwell's fifth-grade class, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Larry Cable, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Judy Elder, and Harold and Loretta Tidwell.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Vandalia Memories
  • VCHS students do us proud

    While a Vandalia Community High School group and its leader continued to receive accolades, other students at the school were recognized for their efforts in the classroom and growth as individuals.
    On Sunday, VCHS wrestling coach Jason Clay was recognized as the Decatur Herald Area Coach of the Year for that sport. It’s the third time in his nine years at the VCHS helm that Clay has received the honor, though there have been numerous other years that he was deserving of the honor.

  • The story of Little Hickory Church

    In the past few years, it seems more people have asked me about Little Hickory Church in North Hurricane Township than any other church in the county.