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Today's Opinions

  • DOC rep addresses incident

    Editor:
    The Leader-Union story last week on the Vandalia Correctional Center inmate striking an officer contained numerous inaccuracies and unsubstantiated claims by Denny O’Malley, the vice president of Local 993 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. While The Leader-Union did call the Illinois Department of Corrections about the incident, it did not give us an opportunity to respond to these numerous false claims.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo:
    This young lady, pictured about 40 years ago, grew up in Ramsey, married and moved to Vandalia. She has three children and teaches school in Vandalia.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The Vandalia Hardee’s opened its doors.
    St. Elmo’s eighth grade basketball team took first in the Brownstown Invitational.
    More than 78 percent of the registered voters in Fayette County elected Marsha Wodtka, circuit clerk; Don Sheafor, state’s attorney; Dan Taylor, sheriff; and Gary Blurton, coroner.
    Johnny Houston and Sherry Britt were crowned king and queen of the Patoka Halloween Carnival.

    35 Years Ago

  • Enjoy an Olde Tyme Christmas

    Though it’s still six weeks until Christmas, this weekend will get you in the holiday mood.
    It’s Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia. And that means that all your favorite holiday activities and characters will be available there – Santa and Mrs. Claus, live reindeer, trolly car rides, a live Nativity and music from Chime Masters Brass Bells. You’ll also find lots of specials from downtown merchants to help you save money as you begin your holiday shopping.

  • Thank a veteran on Veterans Day

    Monday is Veterans Day. It’s a day we set aside each year to honor those who have served our country through their participation in our military.
    Originally known as Armistice Day when it was begun in 1918, it was established to commemorate the end of World War I. It was celebrated at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, with the intention that it would be a day to honor all who have served in the armed forces to defend our country.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These young people, pictured about 20 years ago, grew up in the Vandalia and Shobonier area.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The Madonna of the Trail monument was rededicated on Saturday, the 60th anniversary of the Vandalia monument.
    The team of Gary Gray, Danny Kellow and Randy Fechtler won first place in the Fifth Saturday chili cookoff.
    Brownstown’s volleyball team won the Altamont Regional by beating Ramsey in three games. The Bombers were only 12-12 when they entered regional action. They were eliminated by Pana in the Casey Sectional.

  • Volunteers needed to drive seniors

    Editor: