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Today's Opinions

  • Alonzo Matherly was a newspaper man

    At the time I attended Emmy Hackleman’s auction a few years ago, I didn’t know of a family connection between Emmy’s deceased husband, Charles, and Alonzo “Lon” Matherly, a former owner of The Vandalia Union newspaper.

  • County pay plan a good beginning

    Though it represents only a small step on the road to fiscal responsibility, the county board’s adoption last Thursday of a new pay schedule for four county officers is, indeed, a step in the right direction.
    The revised salary schedule applies to the offices of county clerk & recorder, county treasurer, supervisor of assessments and county sheriff.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Rich Walker was re-elected mayor by a 2-1 margin over the nearest of four challengers. Incumbent Norma Cearlock defeated Marjorie Blythe for city clerk.
    Lori Payne was named Miss Kirksville (Mo.). The daughter of Marlene Payne of Vandalia and the late Elvin “Biz” Payne, the Northeast Missouri State university senior also won the best talent award for her snare drum and marimba piece. As Miss Kirksville, Payne competed in the Miss Missouri pageant.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Crystal Schulte and Amanda Cortelloni Miland.
    Identifying them were: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler: a metsipiss eses luftycifdi ni ryeev nutroptypoi; na miptotsi esse yiptopuntor ni vyere cydultifif.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • St. Paul Lutheran cemetery holds history

    This past Sunday, I attended the first of three events in celebration of the 150th year anniversary of the St. Paul Lutheran congregation in Wilberton Township.

  • Voice your opinion on Route 51 bypass

    If you were among the crowd of people milling around the huge maps spread on tabletops at last Wednesday’s public hearing on the route of the U.S. Route 51 bypass around Vandalia, you probably came to the conclusion that most of us did: That there is no perfect alternative for a bypass.
    There’s not even a good one.
    The reason is that regardless which route you choose, someone’s property is being compromised. Someone’s quality of life is being diminished.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 25 years ago, shows two cousins.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Fayette County Hospital and Christian Health Care Services signed a five-year agreement.
    Helen Meseke was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – After a three-hour,  closed-session meeting, the Vandalia Board of Education voted to re-employ 16 first- and second-year teachers for the 1984-85 school year.