Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who grew up east of Brownstown, has two sisters and five children. She's lived in Fayette County all her life and is a housewife.

  • Pets not cared for in bitterly cold weather

    This letter concerns two dogs that live outside year around. The owner does not care for them, but relies on a Good Samaritan neighbor, who feeds the animals every evening. The large dog has a make-shift fence with a dog house inside. The neighbor supplies straw that he stuffs inside the house and has also hung pieces of tarp around the fence. The small dog is not in the shelter, but lives tied up next to it.

  • Blood donors come out in bad weather

    My compliments to the people of our community.
    The local Rotary Club sponsors a Red Cross blood drive six times a year, with Howard White and Larry Cable serving as co-chairmen.
    The last one was Tuesday, Jan. 21. As you may remember, it was a very cold, blustery day, with snow and ice

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fayette County Agronomy Day program drew 140 farmers.
    Five people filed nominating petitions for mayor – Rich Walker, Herb Walker, Jim Horn, Robert E. Carroll and Everett R. Jarrett.
    Debra Sue Logsdon was appointed Vernon postmaster.
    Tom Long was named new manager of the Vandalia Kroger Store.
    St. Elmo’s eighth grade basketball team won the regional basketball tournament, beating Altamont 47-31 in the IJHSAA finals.

    30 Years Ago

  • Behind-the-scenes workers are good pick for Abe Awards

    Each year, Vandalia Chamber of Commerce leaders have the privilege of recognizing ordinary people who have done extraordinary things for our community.
    The organization’s method of honoring the contributions of those citizens is by presenting Abe Awards. And since the program was started 40 years ago, more than 110 individuals have been given Abes.

  • 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)