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Today's Opinions

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: George “Herb” Dieckmann.
    Identifying him were: Ivalee Stine Herrin, Joyce Mueller and Harold Baumann.
    This week’s Scrambler: adeurcnen si etciepna tencdoatercn.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

  • The story of Alexander Field

    In the early years when the governor lived in Vandalia, our city was home to many men of importance.

  • Schools fighting tough battle with the state

    For several years, school districts throughout the state have been fighting for a more-appropriate funding formula, one that benefits downstate schools as much as those more wealthier ones up north. Last week, 17 districts – including Vandalia's – took that fight to another level, filing a lawsuit.
    The suit claims that while the state continues to set higher standards for the districts, it doesn't provide the necessary funding to meet those standards.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The story of the Legion Home

    When I was in junior high, I was a member of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary, which met one Saturday a month at the Crawford-Hale Post American Legion Home in Vandalia. Our meeting room was on the main floor, now used for the military museum.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in this photo was born in Effingham on April 13, 1935, but grew up in Vandalia. His grandparents owned a hotel in Vandalia. He has lived in Wisconsin for the past 55 years.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team captured fourth place at the IHSA dual team finals.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a $15,000 contribution to the Vandalia Main Street Program in each of the next three years.
    Rhet Spengel of Springfield was hired as a patrolman for the Vandalia Police Department.
    Harland Bartholomew & Associates of Chesterfield completed the update of the city’s lake ordinance. The work included pulling together several documents governing the lake.