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Today's Opinions

  • Neighborhood groceries once dotted city

    One of my favorite childhood memories is from the years when we lived on East Madison Street in Vandalia. My brother, Don, and I would search the streets and alleyways of our neighborhood for soda bottles to redeem at McCormick’s Grocery.

  • Sidewalk project is a good start

    If you’ve walked much in the Vandalia city limits, you’re aware of the dire condition of some of the city’s sidewalks. Some are deteriorating. Some are being heaved up by tree roots. And some are non-existent.
    The city of Vandalia is currently seeking bids for the replacement of sections of sidewalks in nine specific locations within the city. (See the Legal Notice on page 10 of today’s Leader-Union for full information.)

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – A crew from 20/20, an ABC news magazine, visited with Larry LeFevre, as it was doing a story on violence against divorce attorneys.
    Fayette County Hospital President Dan Gantz was given regional administrative duties by the BJC Health System.
    Bob Thompson was elected chairman of the new Vandalia Tourism Commission.
    Ed Taylor Jr. opened Noise Music and Sound in the 300 block of West Main Street in Vandalia.
    Elizabeth Zeman of Vandalia received the highest award in Girl Scouts – the Gold Award.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: The woman in this picture, shown with her two nieces, will be 90 years old this Sunday.

  • Tombstone found in fill dirt, returned to plot

    I was going about my Saturday morning routine when the telephone rang. Andy Craig was on the other end to tell me that a tombstone had been found in fill dirt brought in to level the lot on which the new Habitat for Humanity house has been built on North Second Street.

  • Youth Court may offer alternative

    When Fayette County youths run afoul of the law, they soon may find themselves at the mercy of their peers.
    Though it’s a different method of meting out justice, a new structure called Youth Court offers an alternative that just might work.

  • Change school culture

    Editor:
    I read the latest article about the concerns of control of schools need to be at the local level. The state and the federal government continue to exercise control of how education money is spent. Is that really such a bad thing?
    I have respect for Vandalia Community Schools Superintendent Rich Well. He is one of the few people in this city that will return your emails and phone calls. There are elected officials in this town who don’t return emails and answer letters.

  • Shame on city for allowing our pool, Scout House to deteriorate

    Editor:
    I am writing this letter in answer to the debate regarding the Vandalia swimming pool repairs. The park superintendent's plan of "letting it die a slow death" is distressing and disappointing to me.