Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Josh Ruot, Jeremy Ruot, Jeremy Lange, Tom DePaolo, Travis Clark and Neil Skippers.
    No one identified them.
    This week’s Scrambler: on serspeur, on nadoismd..
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: No pressure, no diamonds.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, Lyle and Eula Haslett, Andrew Crosswait, Ruth Ann Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Cy Locke, Ed and Doris Young, Lois Jackson and Wayne Purtilar.

  • Millers praise all for celebration

    A big thank you and tip of the cap goes to Cassie Beesley and the entire Bicentennial Celebration committee, city of Vandalia administration, the Vandalia community and the particiants for making the Bicentennial Celebration a huge success.
    Mark and Mary Miller
    Mark II and Brooke File-Miller

  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – Jeanne Gustafson was named interim economic development director for the city of Vandalia.
    Dave Bell won first in the 10K run held in conjunction with the Grand Levee.

    35 Years Ago

    1984 – Jim Kelly and Anna Ruth Kains retired from the Fayette County Hospital Board of Directors. They were presented plaques by Chairman John Daniels. Marie Bristow of Vandalia and Elbert Finley Jr. of Ramsey replaced Kelly and Kains.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Beck book 'wonderful history lesson'

    The names of Paul and Guy Beck, father and son, resonate with most Fayette County history buffs. Recognized as the first white people to make a permanent settlement in Fayette County, their earliest neighbors were the Indians.

  • Takes time to adjust to new marijuana law

    On Tuesday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, a law that goes into effect on Jan. 1.
    Now begins the process of educating Illinoisans on all aspects of the law, including how the use of marijuana will still be restricted.

  • Enoch here before county founded

    John Enochs was one of the earliest settlers of Fayette County, having settled here in 1820, one year before the county was established.

  • Congratulations, graduates!

    Some have already walked across the stage. Many others will do so this weekend.
    It's graduation time at area high schools.
    That signifies the end of many years of hard work, and also a time to move on to the next stage in life.
    For some, it means continuing their education at a junior college, university or trade school. For others, it means stepping right into the work force full time.
    As they accept their diplomas, this year's graduates need to take advantage of what's been given to them to prepare for the future ahead.