Today's Opinions

  • The sad story of Amanda Reese Bolt

    Amanda Ellen Reese was born on July 23, 1841, in Adair County, Ky. When she was very small, her parents both died of cholera. I remember hearing about Amanda many years ago, and about her cruel childhood, during which her feet were so badly injured that she could not wear shoes.

  • Help prevent West Nile

    Though it seems too late in the year to be concerned about mosquito-borne illnesses, the reality is that insects infected with the West Nile Virus were detected in St. Elmo within the past couple weeks.
    That means it’s prudent to take precautions to prevent exposure to the disease.

  • Support musicial activities as well

    Each week, we devote several pages of The Leader-Union to covering the achievements of hundreds of our young people who are involved in sports of one sort or another. Those participants include preschoolers to adults, and the sports include (this time of year) football, baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer and cross country. Also a part of the sports pages are stock car racing and its small-scale cousin, radio-controlled car racing.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Pictured in this photo are members of the Vandalia Moose Lodge baseball team in 1934.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – Darrell and Lana Potter and Larry and Pat Coghland of St. Elmo opened the Midwest Country Antique Mall, the only antique mall located between Terre Haute, Ind., and St. Louis, Mo.
    Improvement work on the intake structure at Vandalia Lake was completed.
    Sophomore Lenora McNutt was crowned VCHS homecoming queen.

    35 Years Ago

  • All kinds of history available at Grand Levée

    As you pass by the Vandalia Statehouse today with the latest issue of The Leader-Union newspaper in your hand, there is no suggestion that by Friday afternoon there will be a big change on the lawn of the capitol building!

  • Plan to attend Grande Levée, Harvest Festival

    If you’re looking for something fun to do for the weekend, look no further than downtown Vandalia. The activities begin Friday evening and run throughout the day Saturday.
    The annual Grande Levée celebration at the Vandalia Statehouse will have its usual lineup of period activities that would’ve been part of such an event during the era when Vandalia served as the capital of the emerging state of Illinois in the 1820s and 1830s.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Barbara Beeson and Bob Patterson.
    Identifying them was: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler:  uyo rae verne a slero tinlu oyu ituq gritny.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance to do so; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. (Mark Twain)