Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken about 35 years ago, shows three siblings who live in the area and went to Vandalia High School.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht tager tra fo renigvong sticsons fo otn geltnit emn worg dol ni rehti sjbo.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, please call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Enough is enough!

    When is enough enough?
    When is Gov. Pat Quinn going to stop trying to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly and disabled people of Fayette County?
    First, he was trying to close our prison, then our agronomy center and now the human services office. I urge you to contact your representatives in Springfield.
    I think people in Springfield think that the people in Fayette County are dumb.
    And if nothing else works to stop the governor, remember him and the other politicians when you're in the voting booth.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Mayor Rich Walker said the city was seeing some progress in getting rid of dilapidated buildings in Vandalia.
    Emergency state funds were being used for repairs to the roof and cupola of the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Bert Froehly and John Palacek were honored by the Vandalia Rotary Club as Paul Harris Fel-lows of Rotary International.
    Members of the Vandals Sports Boosters Club dismantled the old bleachers in the Vandalia Middle School gym and put up new bleachers that the club pur-chased.

  • Flour mills operated in Fayette County

    Back issues of newspapers are a wonderful source for history of the county. In the Oct. 13, 1927, issue of The Vandalia Union newspaper, an article titled "Flour Milling in Fayette County" provided an overview of mills in the county, with special attention given to the St. Elmo Milling Co., “once the most-thriving of its kind in this part of the country.”

  • Volunteers needed at the Statehouse

    Last week in this space, we praised those individuals who have volunteered to assist the staff at the Vandalia Statehouse in the past.
    This week, we encourage other local residents to be a part of that volunteer team. In fact, it’s increasingly critical that the volunteer team grows.
    Statehouse Site Superintendent Mary Cole and Paul Imes retired at the end of 2011. Cole was replaced by Steve Riddle, and Imes wasn’t replaced.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Board of Education voted to have the Mt. Vernon architectural firm of Wilson, Hodge & Groh conduct a study regarding the district’s shortage of space.
    Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Fayette County held a candlelight vigil at First Baptist Church in Vandalia in memory of those killed or injured in accidents caused by drunk drivers.
    Howard and Lucille Wells celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: From left, Henry Greer, Paul Bunyard, Elaine Bunyard and Mary Ellen Greer.
    Identifying them was: Donna Chrisman.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eshet ghitns rae dogo ni lamsl ramesue tub levi ni garle: tysae, lats nad nashitoite.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • William Morrison finally gets grave marker

    A few years ago, I received a letter from Robert Morgan of Florida, who was working with others to locate burial sites for graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point.