Today's Opinions

  • Recycling not feasible now

    While some Vandalia residents are pleased that their water bills have dropped $1 a month, others are disappointed that the service for that surcahrges is gone.
    And it doesn't look like that's going to change.
    The city council's cemetery and landfill committee held a meeting on the recycling issue after there were concerns about losing the program, to again explain FAYCO's reasons for discontinuing the program.
    This time, they had the city's trash collector, Doty Sanitation, explain their status with recycling.

  • Finding location of Hill's Fort

    It is the fall of 1812, Hill’s Fort, Illinois Territory. The rangers are inside the fort and preparations are being made for the evening meal. It has been a nerve-wracking day. A band of warriors, Pottawatomi maybe, have spent the day harassing the soldiers.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fifth Saturday Celebration in Vandalia included a Civil War encampment, art show, craft show, Christian music festival, classic car cruise and biathlon.
    Robert Burnside was honored for 50 years in the practice of law during the annual meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association.

    35 Years Ago

    1984 –  DRGs (Diagnosis Related Group systems) caused changes at Fayette County Hospital, but quality of care was kept the same.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    This week’s Scrambler: het otw nhsigt oeplep natw reom athn xes ro noyme rea iotcnogrnie nda iresap.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: There is no shame in losing, only in quitting.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, RuthAnn Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Cy Locke, Cheryl and Dan Willis, Edith Elliott, Ed and Doris Young, Roger Mosley, Lyle and Eula Haslett, and Wayne Purtilar.

  • Capt. Linn had two reputations

    Although his name may not be immediately recognizable to those who read this column, Capt. William Linn was “a mover and a shaker” who lived and worked in Vandalia during the capital years. He was also described as a “personable scoundrel.”

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1989 – The St. Peter Business Development Committee kicked off its efforts with a picnic in Community Park for representatives of agencies, which could assist the village in its business development efforts. Lawrence A. Rubin chaired the committee.
    Bob Jackson of Mulberry Grove signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Kaskaskia College.
    The Vandalia Community High School Class of 1929 held its 60-year class reunion.
    Kendra Sanders of rural Vandalia was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair.