http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Wilberton was once 'Bulltown' http://www.leaderunion.com/content/wilberton-was-once-bulltown <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/march2_2017_schaefercarlfred_with_sons.jpg" alt="Fred Schaefer with sons Fred and William" title="Fred Schaefer with sons Fred and William" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> This scene has played itself over several times in our county&rsquo;s history.</p> Vandalia Memories http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-memories-86 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/march2_2017_memories_countryclub.jpg" alt="Dorothy Donley recently posted on Vandalia Memories this 1928 postcard of the residence that became Vandalia Country Club." title="Dorothy Donley recently posted on Vandalia Memories this 1928 postcard of the residence that became Vandalia Country Club." align="left" hspace="6" /> The Way We Were http://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-211 <p> 20 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1997 &ndash; Kelly McGinnis of Greenville was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the August 1996 murder of Greenville Attorney Tom Meyer.<br /> In a 4-3 vote, the Vandalia Board of Education rescinded penalties handed down to two students through enforcement of the district&rsquo;s athletic policy.<br /> Nathan Graumenz of Vandalia won the state championship in the 135-pound weight class at the state wrestling finals in Champaign. Michael Mabry of VCHS placed fourth in the 125-pound class.<br /> Banks of the Okaw http://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-243 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/march2_2017_banks_schulte.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> This week&#39;s photo: Shown in a photo taken about 30 years ago are two neighbors and buddies who went to Jefferson School together.</p> Owners need to pick up after dogs http://www.leaderunion.com/content/owners-need-pick-after-dogs <p> Editor,<br /> Vandalia is lucky enough to have one of the best park systems in the country, and also lucky enough to have a great walking trail.<br /> The park used to be one great place to play, but, today, I&rsquo;m glad my kids are older, because our parks are becoming full of dog litter, because some consider it a place to let their dogs relieve themselves and just let it lie.<br /> Yes, I walk large dogs twice a day in the park, but I also pick up after them.<br /> Getting a start on water projects http://www.leaderunion.com/content/getting-start-water-projects <p> When he campaigned, President Donald Trump said he would make funds available for infrastructure. That would be good news for Vandalia, which needs to deal with a river intake that doesn&#39;t work and an aging water plant needing either significant work or replacement.<br /> That&#39;s not to mention our need for water and sewer line replacements, something that&#39;s obvious because of line breaks on a regular basis.<br /> The Way We Were http://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-210 <p> 50 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1967 &ndash; Harold Hartwick, president of First National Bank of Vandalia, was elected president of Group Nine of the Illinois Bankers Association.<br /> Nearly 1.5 inches of rain fell on Sunday, and then on Wednesday, it snowed.<br /> Banks of the Okaw http://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-242 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/feb23_2017_banks_sachan.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> This week&#39;s photo: The man in this week&#39;s photo was born in 1956 and grew up south of Gatch Lake. He works in St. Elmo.</p>