Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The Madonna of the Trail monument was rededicated on Saturday, the 60th anniversary of the Vandalia monument.
    The team of Gary Gray, Danny Kellow and Randy Fechtler won first place in the Fifth Saturday chili cookoff.
    Brownstown’s volleyball team won the Altamont Regional by beating Ramsey in three games. The Bombers were only 12-12 when they entered regional action. They were eliminated by Pana in the Casey Sectional.

  • Volunteers needed to drive seniors


  • Notice anything different about this L-U?

    Have you noticed anything different about today’s issue of The Leader-Union?
    Think old friend, new friend.
    Give up?
    Take a look at the next two pages. That’s where the old-and-new theme comes in.
    On page 5 is the old friend. We’re bringing back The TV Leader. After more than a year’s absence, we revisited our decision to pull the plug on that feature. At the time, we weren’t sure how many people were using it. Since cutting it, we found the answer: quite a few.

  • Interesting stories surround elections

    With this Tuesday being an election day in some parts of the nation, I thought it appropriate to recount some true stories of past elections in our area.  
    The earliest actually took place shortly after statehood, and the people involved lived near the current site of VanBurensburg.  In 1816, a group of families and neighbors from that part of Warren County, Kentucky, which is now Allen County (near Bowling Green), left their home and proceeded northward to what is now Bond County, Illinois.

  • Thank a veteran on Veterans Day

    Monday is Veterans Day. It’s a day we set aside each year to honor those who have served our country through their participation in our military.
    Originally known as Armistice Day when it was begun in 1918, it was established to commemorate the end of World War I. It was celebrated at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954, with the intention that it would be a day to honor all who have served in the armed forces to defend our country.

  • Drug seminar is worth investment

    Have you ever peered into the vacant eyes of a person high on drugs? Have you watched helplessly as their behavior becomes more and more erratic? Have you witnessed the pain that their choices inflict on friends and family members?
    If you’ve been touched in those ways, you know the horrors of watching a life disintegrate under the influence of illicit drugs.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young fisherman, pictured nearly 20 years ago, is now a carpenter who lives and works in the Vandalia area.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue truck sustained major damage when it jumped into gear and rolled down an embankment after being called to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. Route 51 and Van Tran Avenue.
    Ramsey won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament. Shanin Whitten of Ramsey was named tournament MVP.
    Beth Herrington and Cindy Harrison represented Vandalia Community High School at the IHSA state tennis tournament.