Today's Opinions

  • Re-enactment was educational experience

    This past weekend, we were treated to a rare event – a military encampment and re-enactment.
    The two-day "2013 Armed Forces Tribute," sponsored by Wildlands Outdoor Equipment Inc., owned by Mat Hanabarger,  and the WWII Historical Re-enactment Society, Inc. (WHRS) was deemed by the sponsors and attendants alike a success.

  • We all can help in cancer fight

    You may have noticed something different about today’s Leader-Union. Yes, two pages are printed on pink paper.
    We invested in that attention-grabbing paper because we’re observing breast cancer awareness month. And on that paper, we’ve printed a profile of Elloise Black, articles about breast cancer and advertising messages from caring local businesses to bring more attention to defeating this deadly disease.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured more than 30 years ago, grew up in Vandalia.

  • Newspapers a vital news source

    David Porter

    Illinois Press Association

  • Saying thanks in newspaper week

    Once a year, we at The Leader-Union take a week to step back and consider what we do, and why we do it.
    Well, actually, we think about those things a lot more often than once a year. But this first full week in October, we have a built-in reason to think about them – it’s National Newspaper Week. During this observance, we talk about our mission, and we share with our readers why that mission is important to them.

  • Cemetery Walk features Meditation Garden

    Are you in for a multi-level experience?  This is your weekend!

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: The 1934 Vandalia Moose Lodge baseball team. Identified players are: Don Satterthwaite (front left) and Joe Crossman (front middle). Other members of the team include: Jim Woods, Robert Klasing, Don Ewart, Fred Stroble, Yale Howell, Joe Pridemore, Bennett Pope and Clarence Taylor.
    Identifying them were: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler:  eht ecsuscs fo heac si nepneddet nupo teh seccuss fo het rheto.

  • 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