http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en The second capitol in Vandalia http://www.leaderunion.com/content/second-capitol-vandalia <p> In my last column I wrote about the founding of Vandalia as capital of Illinois, and the construction and destruction of the first capitol building.<br /> As daylight dawned on Dec. 23 and all of Vandalia&rsquo;s residents discovered that the capitol building had burned to the ground in the middle of the night, a subscription list to rebuild was started and $3,000 was raised within six days.<br /> Vandalia Memories http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-memories-72 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july21_2015_memories_oldschool.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /> The Way We Were http://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-192 <p> 20 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1996 &ndash; The Vandalia City Council voted 5-4 to approve water and sewer rate increases, which averaged about 16 percent.<br /> The city council voted 6-2 to allow local taverns to have outside beer gardens.<br /> Arthur and Marie Buchanan of Vandalia planned to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Joe and Evelyn Faggetti also planned a golden anniversary celebration.<br /> Banks of the Okaw http://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-223 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july21_2016_banks_robison_wilbur.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> This week&#39;s photo: These two youngsters were photographed at the Brownstown Carnival 60 years ago. Today, he farms and she checks out books.</p> Be prepared for changes to trash pickup http://www.leaderunion.com/content/be-prepared-changes-trash-pickup <p> You probably have started seeing bright orange trash containers in different parts of Vandalia. Maybe one of those showed up on the curb in front of your residence; if not, it soon will.<br /> Those containers are part of the changes being implemented for residential customers of Doty Sanitation Service within the city borders.<br /> The Way We Were http://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-191 <p> 20 Years Ago<br /> <br /> &nbsp;1996 &ndash; The Vandalia Municipal Swimming Pool was ready to open after extensive rehabilitation work was completed.<br /> Reservations were being taken for the second annual Vandalia Community High School alumni banquet.<br /> A Centralia judge, Harold Pennock III, was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol following an auto accident in Centralia. The accident occurred a little more than an hour after Pennock completed his daily duties on the bench in Fayette County.<br /> Vandalia Memories http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-memories-71 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/juyl14_2016_memories_4thstreet.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /> Banks of the Okaw http://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-222 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july14_banks_stapp.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> This week&#39;s photo: The young man in the photo is a graduate of Vandalia Community High School and the University of Illinois. Described as &quot;very personable,&quot; he enjoys camera and he helped southern countries through the Peace Corps. He is married and has children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.</p>