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Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: These siblings, pictured in the early 1950s, all graduated from Vandalia Community High School, but all now live out of state. Their younger brother also graduated from VCHS and still lives in Vandalia; his youngest son graduated from VCHS this year.

  • Lincoln jumped, but not in Vandalia

    According to legend, Abraham Lincoln jumped from the second floor of the Vandalia Statehouse in order to defeat a quorum. In fact, postcards were printed with “X” marking the spot from which he leaped.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 – Beulah Brown of Vandalia was named the recipient of a Governor’s Award for Unique Achievement. The award recognized Brown’s outstanding contributions to caring for elderly people.
    Robert and Corrine Baggett of Vandalia took a Caribbean cruise to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary.
    The student council at Vandalia Community High School spent a little more than $1,000 for outdoor steel furniture that was installed outside the VCHS gym.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Potts story before moving here

    Many of the columns I write require several weeks of research before they are ready to be included in The Leader-Union.
    Other stories are more easily told. This story, about William Potts, is one of these.
    The Potts family settled in Illinois in about 1829, and although they made contributions to their adoptive state, it is the history of the family before coming to Illinois that is my subject today.

  • Capitol project proof of how VCC is good partner

    For the second time in a year, Vandalia Correctional Center has proven that it can be a good partner with the community.
    Last August, VCC and Second Chance Animal Rescue initiated a partnership through which offenders train dogs received by the rescue, making them more attractive for adoption. All indications are that that partnership is working out very well.

  • Take in the Grande Levée

    This is the weekend where we celebrate our town's rich history with a two-day celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Whether you've been to a Grande Levée in the past or have never experienced one, we know that the Friday night and Saturday event is one that you will enjoy.
    Check out the schedule on Page 10A of this issue and plan out your weekend at the Statehouse.