Today's Opinions

  • John Shaw – the 'Black Prince of Pike County'

    Lately, my interest has turned to the early legislators who traveled to Vandalia, the new capital, hewn from a virgin forest.  The capital city was new, and many of the first men in government were the earliest settlers of the state.
    In 1820, there were 18 senators (Green and White counties shared a senator) and 36 representatives. We were part of Bond County that year, and Martin Jones was a senator and Jonathan C. Pugh was a member of the house.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fayette County United Way received $22,000 in donations.
    The Rev. Eric McDonald was the new minister at Temple Baptist Church.
    Referee Don Price, 52, of Grayville, collapsed while refereeing the Vandalia-Teutopolis boys basketball game in the Mid-Winter Classic in Newton. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Millard Mills.
    Identifying him was: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler:  i brittaute ym cussces ot siht: i reven vage ro koto nya secuxe.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. (Albert Einstein)

  • Squibb's success shows the payoff of persistence

    Every once in a while, we’re reminded that being from Vandalia is something special.
    There have been several instances, over the years, of people who used their solid roots here to soar to great heights in the outside world.
    Count June Squibb among that number.

  • Roda Wing's writing touched many

    So often in history, the woman’s story is overlooked and left untold. Such would have been the fate of Roda Wing, wife of Fayette County Surveyor Alexander Hamilton Wing, were it not for her scrapbook being placed on the shelf of an antique store.
    Made by Mrs. Wing for her son, John Alexander Wing, the scrapbook contained articles written by her during the years 1883-1904 for the publication,
    "Colman’s Rural World," based in St. Louis.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This man, pictured with his car in 1942, lived in Fayette County all his life. He served in World War II, had five children,  and worked as a farmer and school bus driver.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – CPR administered by Mulberry Grove health instructor Kathy Lappe and junior-senior high Principal Bill Donaldson saved the life of 15-year-old student Tracy Goodin, who had quit breathing after choking on food or suffering some type of seizure during lunch hour.
    St. Elmo cable subscribers voiced complaints about a rate adjustment and poor reception to Warner Cable Communications Inc. personnel at a town meeting.

  • Explicit lyrics aren't appropriate at school

    All of the patrons at last Friday night’s Vandalia Community High School boys junior varsity basketball game got quite a shock. I am not talking about a last-second buzzer-beater – or anything to do with the game, for that matter.