http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en New & improved website unveiled http://www.leaderunion.com/content/new-improved-website-unveiled <p> If you have been a regular visitor to our website, www.leaderunion.com, you likely already know that we have unveiled a new and improved product.<br /> If you haven&rsquo;t been a regular visitor, check it out.<br /> Our new website offers more content, is much more reader-friendly and allows more opportunities for you, our readers, to participate in our online version of The Leader-Union.<br /> Banks of the Okaw http://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-136 <p> <strong>In last week&rsquo;s Mystery Banks Photo were: </strong>Cindy (Sprayberry) Scoles, Becky (Elmore) Hourigan, Judy (Ray) Nalley, Vicky (Greer) Haas, Barbara (Wright) Ellis and Patty (Ellis) Morgan.<br /> Identifying them were: No one.<br /> <strong>This week&rsquo;s Scrambler:</strong> rastt rehew ouy rae. sue thwa uyo veha. od hawt uoy nac.<br /> <strong>Can you unscramble it? </strong>If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.<br /> The Way We Were http://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-126 <p> 25 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1989 &ndash; Vandalia Correctional Center received word that its road camp was scheduled to reopen in October, a little more than two years after it was closed. It meant an additional 25 jobs at VCC.<br /> Grace Kepner of the Wheatland HEA was named homemaker of the year at the annual meeting of the Fayette County Home Extension Association.<br /> The First Baptist Church youth choir was readying its musical &ldquo;Live It to the Max,&rdquo; for a multi-state tour.<br /> Ten girls were vying for Miss Fayette County Fair honors.<br /> <br /> Metzger building has long, colorful history http://www.leaderunion.com/content/metzger-building-has-long-colorful-history <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july17_metzgerhotelphoto.jpg" alt="The building that formerly housed the Metzger Hotel still stands in the 500 block of Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia. Much of it now houses All About You Day Spa." title="The building that formerly housed the Metzger Hotel still stands in the 500 block of Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia. Much of it now houses All About You Day Spa." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Several months ago I was contacted by the Tim Metzger family for information on the Metzger Hotel built by Tim&rsquo;s great-grandfather, John Ulrich Metzger.</p> Sign enforcement must be consistent http://www.leaderunion.com/content/sign-enforcement-must-be-consistent <p> A complaint lodged against a Vandalia citizen who posted signs on public property near his home advertising garden produce for sale has resulted in discussions of how the city&rsquo;s sign ordinance should be enforced.<br /> Currently, enforcement of the city&rsquo;s lengthy sign ordinance is driven by complaints &ndash; meaning that the city doesn&rsquo;t enforce it unless someone complains.<br /> Well, someone complained about Dave Hill&rsquo;s vegetable sign. So now he&rsquo;s complained to city aldermen about the city&rsquo;s enforcement practices.<br /> The Way We Were http://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-125 <p> 25 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1989 &ndash; Fayette County farmers were busy harvesting wheat. In some areas, there was no wheat to harvest as a May hailstorm wiped out the crop.<br /> The Fayette County Health Department and S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) sponsored self-protection seminars for female county employees and the general public.<br /> Ashley Crabtree was named Little Miss at the Ramsey Daze celebration.<br /> Vandalia Jaycees sponsored a Fourth of July celebration with fireworks at the Vandalia Lake.<br /> <br /> 30 Years Ago<br /> <br /> A look at Vandalia businesses in 1924 http://www.leaderunion.com/content/look-vandalia-businesses-1924 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/july10_vandaliastreet1930.jpg" alt="This is the way Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia looked in 1924. This view is looking east from the 500 block of Gallatin Street." title="This is the way Gallatin Street in downtown Vandalia looked in 1924. This view is looking east from the 500 block of Gallatin Street." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> In 1989, I fell into the position as editor of the quarterly publication of the Fayette County Genealogical &amp; Historical Society.</p> Enjoy the Lincoln Festival and fair http://www.leaderunion.com/content/enjoy-lincoln-festival-and-fair <p> If you&#39;re looking for something fun and interesting to do, there&#39;s there&#39;s no shortage of either in Fayette County during the next few days.<br /> This Saturday and Sunday, the second annual Lincoln Heritage Festival will be held in the Vandalia city parks along Fillmore and Locust streets.<br /> The activity lineup includes a wide array of historical events &ndash; including Civil War camps and skirmishes,&nbsp; period arts and crafts, children&#39;s games, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and a wide variety of food vendors.<br />