Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    30 Years Ago

    1988 – The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue truck sustained major damage when it jumped into gear and rolled down the embankment after being called to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. Route 51 and Van Tran Ave.
    Ramsey won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament. Shanin Whitten of Ramsey was named tournament MVP.
    Beth Herrington and Cindy Harrison represented Vandalia Community High School at the IHSA State Tennis Tournament.

  • Congrats ... and good luck

    It's been another successful season for the Vandalia Community High School varsity football team, one that we hope continues on after this Saturday.
    The Vandals have finished the regular season with a 7-2 record, which was good enough to make them a host for a first-round game in the IHSA playoffs.
    We congratulate coach Jason Clay, his coaching staff and the Vandals players for what they have accomplished thus far, and wish them luck as they host Paxton-Buckley-Loda in the 2 p.m. game on Saturday.

  • Clearing up sales tax votes

    Some local residents are saying that they are supporting a sales tax increase for schools in Fayette County this November. But, that vote is not until next spring.
    The sales tax increase on the November general election ballot is for the city of Vandalia.
    There was bound to be confusion when the city council voted this fall to put a sales tax increase vote on the November ballot, then school districts in the county voted to put an increase vote on the ballot during the consolidated election on April 2 next year.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: mrebeemr atht dritec si noyme.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Robin (Conder) Richardson, Chris Conder, Elizabeth (Conder) Rentfrow and Angela (Conder) Wilkerson.
    Identifying them were: Ruth Ann Garrison, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey and Misty Gathe.
    This week’s Scrambler: ahtw pasepnh ewnh eht uefrut sah moce nda noeg?
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: The only difference between a rut and a grave is the dimensions.

  • Add to your shopping cart

    When you do your grocery shopping for the next week, we encourage you to pick up a few extra items, food stuffs that would help feed some of our community's children on weekends.
    Since it's inception at the start of this school year, Nourishing Greatness, an arm of the Vandalia ONE initiatve, has quickly grown to the level that it's providing weekend meals for children who might otherwise not get good meals.

  • Christmas downtown in 1904

    In mid-December 1904, editor Lakin of The Vandalia Union took time to walk up and down the principal streets of Vandalia’s downtown, admiring the display windows all decked out for the Christmas season.

  • Cemetery monument finished; ceremony Thursday at 10

    A little over three years ago, I began a project to purchase a stone to mark the graves of 18 people who were placed in unmarked graves when the Vandalia Mausoleum was torn down in 1975. I am happy to report that the stone is now in place and will be dedicated at 10 a.m. this Thursday.