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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Majestic Drapery Fabricators Inc. agreed to purchase Chelsea Enterprises and create 18 new jobs.
    Secretary of State Jim Edgar visited Vandalia and attended the old-fashioned picnic sponsored by the Fayette County Republicans.
    Vandalia’s girls’ tennis team was 12-0.
    The Vandalia golf team won the regional team title, Vandalia’s first since 1938. St. Elmo’s Scott Smith shot a 78 and claimed medalist honors.

    35 Years Ago

  • County board meeting was a 'spectacle'

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter to inform the public about the spectacle that was the Fayette County Board meeting on Sept.10. Fayette County Board Chairman Steve Knebel presided over the meeting with an iron fist in the tradition of Lenin, Stalin or Castro. I am comparing him to these dictators because,  apparently, Knebel does not believe in the right of free speech. When discussion began about the liquor license and many people started talking, Knebel told everyone to be quiet and that everyone would have a chance to speak.

  • The sad story of Amanda Reese Bolt

    Amanda Ellen Reese was born on July 23, 1841, in Adair County, Ky. When she was very small, her parents both died of cholera. I remember hearing about Amanda many years ago, and about her cruel childhood, during which her feet were so badly injured that she could not wear shoes.

  • Help prevent West Nile

    Though it seems too late in the year to be concerned about mosquito-borne illnesses, the reality is that insects infected with the West Nile Virus were detected in St. Elmo within the past couple weeks.
    That means it’s prudent to take precautions to prevent exposure to the disease.

  • Support musicial activities as well

    Each week, we devote several pages of The Leader-Union to covering the achievements of hundreds of our young people who are involved in sports of one sort or another. Those participants include preschoolers to adults, and the sports include (this time of year) football, baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer and cross country. Also a part of the sports pages are stock car racing and its small-scale cousin, radio-controlled car racing.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Pictured in this photo are members of the Vandalia Moose Lodge baseball team in 1934.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Darrell and Lana Potter and Larry and Pat Coghland of St. Elmo opened the Midwest Country Antique Mall, the only antique mall located between Terre Haute, Ind., and St. Louis, Mo.
    Improvement work on the intake structure at Vandalia Lake was completed.
    Sophomore Lenora McNutt was crowned VCHS homecoming queen.

    35 Years Ago

  • All kinds of history available at Grand Levée

    As you pass by the Vandalia Statehouse today with the latest issue of The Leader-Union newspaper in your hand, there is no suggestion that by Friday afternoon there will be a big change on the lawn of the capitol building!