http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Vandalia Memories http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-memories-69 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/june23_2016_memories_evans.jpg" alt="Our series on the services available at Evans Public Library in Vandalia continues in this issue, and this week&#039;s historical photo shows the children&#039;s area at the library many years ago." title="Our series on the services available at Evans Public Library in Vandalia continues in this issue, and this week&#039;s historical photo shows the children&#039;s area at the library many years ago." align="left" hspace="6" /> A history of the historical society http://www.leaderunion.com/content/history-historical-society <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/june23_2016_faycohistorybookcover02.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Fayette County Genealogical Society was organized on May 27, 1971, at a meeting held in the Hospitality Room at Farmers and Merchants Bank in downtown Vandalia.</p> Banks of the Okaw http://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-220 <p> There is no photo this week.<br /> There was no photo last week.<br /> This week&rsquo;s Scrambler: aneorcgni si ton eonineccn tub nis.<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: Responsibility educates.<br /> Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Judy Elder, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, and Cy and Lorene Locke.</p> The library is more than a lot of books http://www.leaderunion.com/content/library-more-lot-books <p> When you think about a library, or Evans Public Library in particular, your first thought is about a building with a whole lot of books. But, we&#39;re hoping that you are discovering that Evans Public Library is much more than that.<br /> We hope, through a series of articles, to educate local residents about the programs and services offered at the library.<br /> So far, we&#39;ve told you about many programs offered to children of all ages, including story times, summer and winter reading programs, Fantastic Fridays and Teen Advisory Board.<br /> Banks of the Okaw http://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-219 <p> There is no photo this week.<br /> There was no photo last week.<br /> This week&rsquo;s Scrambler: ioiplsyniesrbt cetuasde.<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: Ignorance is not bliss; it is oblivion.<br /> Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Larry Cable, Ruth Ann Garrison, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Juanita Workman, Judy Elder and Andrew Crosswait.<br /> &nbsp;</p> The Way We Were http://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-189 <p> 20 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1996 &ndash; The city of Vandalia received 38 applications for the position of community development director.<br /> Stewart and Verble Meador were planning to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.<br /> Lucas Clanton, a rural Mulberry Grove resident and member of the Vandalia chapter of Future Farmers of America was named a Star American Farmer candidate.<br /> <br /> 25 Years Ago<br /> <br /> Some early history of our schools http://www.leaderunion.com/content/some-early-history-our-schools <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/june16_2016_centralschl.jpg" alt="Cordia Davis, a well-known Vandalia barber, is among the students in this 1905 photo of Central School." title="Cordia Davis, a well-known Vandalia barber, is among the students in this 1905 photo of Central School." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The report of County School Superintendent C.F. Easterday published in the Nov. 16, 1905, issue of The Vandalia Union was especially enlightening because he went into some detail in his description of the interior of the school.</p> Help two groups helping Vandalia http://www.leaderunion.com/content/help-two-groups-helping-vandalia <p> Last Thursday, two groups whose work can greatly benefit Vandalia got together to discuss some ways to do that. One organization is new, and the other is a long-standing group that is going through a revitalization.<br /> New officers for the Vandalia Historical Society at its meeting at the Little Brick House, one of our historical assets that the group is tring to promote.<br />