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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team finished fourth in the state wrestling tournament, bringing home a trophy for the fourth year in a row.
    A panel of Fifth District Appellate Court judges upheld the conviction of Shobonier man Rocky Bennyhoff. Bennyhoff was convicted of reckless homicide for his part in a 1995 wreck that resulted in the death of two Vandalia teens.
    George Ryan, the Illinois Secretary of State who was a candidate for governor, was the guest speaker at the Lincoln Day dinner in Vandalia.

  • Duels were used to settle personal issues

    As far as my research shows, there has never been a duel fought in Vandalia. There have been a couple of hangings, whippings meted out by the local sheriff, according to law, a few murders and a tarring and feathering or two, but no duels.
    Duels were an accepted way for gentlemen of honor to settle “difficulties” of a personal character in the early days of Illinois.

  • Sharing the road with ag vehicles not an easy task

    Usually, we run editorials about safely sharing the roads with farm equipment in April. We do it then because in most years, that’s when our farmers are most active traveling to and from fields during the planting season.
    Not this year.
    This spring’s persistent rains have produced soggy fields that – until recently – made it impossible for farmers to get into the fields. Thus, the planting season didn’t even get under way until well into May. And it’s not done yet.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. We need old photos for the Banks feature.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Mary Greer Rendleman and Carole Ray White.
    Identifying them were: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht utrefu sha twidea nolg nughoe; fi ew od ont prags ti, retoh shadn, ginpsrag drah nad dylboo, liwl.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – St. Elmo native Bruce Williams, a 1979 graduate of St. Elmo High School, was killed in a U.S. Navy helicopter crash.
    Vandalia Community High School wrestler Ty Kidd placed third in the 160-pound class at the state-wrestling tournament.
    Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hoffman of Bingham were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Emil Graumenz, a long-time resident of the St. Peter area, was celebrating his 90th birthday.

  • IHSA race decision was a classless act

    Editor:
    This is really an attempt to understand and an opportunity to vent.
    The situation occurred at the Illinois High School Association Track and Field State Meet in Charleston over the weekend. Vandalia Community High School was lucky enough to have two athletes who qualified for the finals on Saturday. Ben Strobel qualified in the 3,200-meter race and Ryan Ambuehl in the 110-meter high hurdles.

  • Rush family history found after 150 years

    Over the years, I have had the pleasure to work on many family projects, but I think the one that touched me the most was that of Wesley and Anna Catherine Rush.

  • Opportunities lost by IHSA decisions

    There’s something about unrealized potential that prompts a strong emotional reaction.
    When it’s caused by a lack of effort or discipline, it makes us mad. When it’s caused by seemingly random circumstances, it makes us sad.
    But when it’s caused by ill-conceived and apparently cold-hearted decisions by those in authority, it makes us furious.
    Such was a decision made by Illinois High School Association officials at Saturday’s soggy state track meet.