http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Vandalia Memories http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-memories-103 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oct12_2017_memories_playcast.jpg" alt="Dorothy Donley posted on Vandalia Memories this photo of the Vandalia Community High School play cast in 1947. Seated in June Squibb, who won an Academy Award recently for her performance in the movie &quot;Nebraska.&quot; In the second row are Marilou Carruthers, Jeanne Lawler, Alberta Smith, Marguerine Karl and Jay Wollerman. In the third row are Norman Wright, Charles Royer, Wayne Cunningham, Dan Ervin, Pat McKeithman and Jim Hilboldt, and the teacher, Elizabeth Upchurch." title="Dorothy Donley posted on Vandalia Memories this photo of the Vandalia Community High School play cast in 1947. Seated in June Squibb, who won an Academy Award recently for her performance in the movie &quot;Nebraska.&quot; In the second row are Marilou Carruthers, Jeanne Lawler, Alberta Smith, Marguerine Karl and Jay Wollerman. In the third row are Norman Wright, Charles Royer, Wayne Cunningham, Dan Ervin, Pat McKeithman and Jim Hilboldt, and the teacher, Elizabeth Upchurch." align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /> Banks of the Okaw http://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-261 <p> There is no photo this week.<br /> Last week&#39;s photo: Amanda Habing Jerden. It was incorrectly stated last week that Amanda works for AirEvac; she works for ARCH. We apologize for the error.<br /> Identifying her were: Rick and Brenda Yarbrough.<br /> This week&rsquo;s Scrambler: dimosw teismteonf sotscnsi fo wkingon awth ot od xent.<br /> Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.<br /> Last week&rsquo;s Scrambler: Pessimism never won any battle.<br /> Volunteers, support needed http://www.leaderunion.com/content/volunteers-support-needed <p> It was just last week in this space that we noted the number of volunteers that made for a successful homecoming week in Vandalia. Now, we note the need for volunteers and support for upcoming projects and events in the community.<br /> For example, we have learned that volunteers are badly needed for Second Chance Animal Rescue. That program has been successfully adopting dogs with families and individuals for more than a decade.<br /> Bibles help preserve our history http://www.leaderunion.com/content/bibles-help-preserve-our-history <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/biblejonesbf0003.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="62" height="85" /><p> One of the fun things I get to do as chair of the publications committee of the Fayette County Genealogical &amp; Historical Society is come up with ideas of material that we can publish and, therein, earn money to support our programs.</p> Flowers a great downtown addition http://www.leaderunion.com/content/flowers-great-downtown-addition <p> <strong>Editor,</strong><br /> The flowers in downtown Vandalia are absolutely beautiful. They add so much to our city streets and are an asset that everyone can enjoy.<br /> I love seeing them and they instill me with pride. I&rsquo;m sure visitors will make note of them as they drive through this special town of ours.<br /> Many, many thanks to those who provided them and to those who care for them.<br /> <strong>Beulah Brown<br /> Vandalia</strong></p> Local support allows Lions to help others http://www.leaderunion.com/content/local-support-allows-lions-help-others <p> <strong>Editor,</strong><br /> The Vandalia Lions Club is pleased to announce that the Lions Club International has responded to the needs to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.<br /> In a letter received from International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, it was announced the Lions Club International Foundation responded to the disaster with an Emergency Catastrophe Grant in the amount of $100,000.<br /> Journal tells a lot of local history http://www.leaderunion.com/content/journal-tells-lot-local-history <p> Billyfrank Morrison of Clarksville, Tenn., did not know whose journal he had purchased at an estate auction in Louisville, Ky.; however, as he paged through the 3 &frac12;-inch-by-6-inch blue notebook, he noted Illinois village names such as Avena, St. Elmo, Brownstown, Loogootee and St. Peter, along with Bush District and Brazel School. This led him to Fayette County and to me.<br /> Page one bears the date of Aug. 17, 1910 and the exclamation, &ldquo;Eighteen years old today! Eighteen years since I entered this world of joy and sorrow and what have I done?&rdquo;<br /> Vandalia Memories http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-memories-102 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sept14_2017_memories_slaughter.jpg" alt="Vandalia Memories administrator Kathy Schultz posted an ad for a slaughter house on West Jefferson Street, a mile west of Vandalia City Park (now Ruemmelin Park). The full ad can be viewed on the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook." title="Vandalia Memories administrator Kathy Schultz posted an ad for a slaughter house on West Jefferson Street, a mile west of Vandalia City Park (now Ruemmelin Park). The full ad can be viewed on the Vandalia Memories page on Facebook." align="left" hspace="6" />