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Today's Opinions

  • James Carroll wrote family history at 96

    In 1928, when James Monroe Jernigan Carroll was 96 years old, he sat down and composed a paper he titled, "A Brief History of the Carroll and Elam Families."
    James Monroe Carroll was the oldest son of Raford and Sarah Jernigan Carroll. He was born Dec. 20, 1832, as recorded in the family Bible.

  • Stombaugh: We need to give back

    The grand marshal for this year’s Vandalia Lions Club Halloween Parade is a woman whose efforts to improve Vandalia are unparalleled.
    Jean Stombaugh’s memberships and leadership positions span several decades, and involve an incredible number of organizations. In each, she’s been a driving force to leave things in better condition than she found them.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, after serving in the military, worked in the agricultural products field in Fayette County. He still lives in the county.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The LaFayette Players presented “On Golden Pond.” Todd and Barbara McKellar had the lead roles.
    The Vandalia football team, trailing 20-0 at halftime, came back to shock Greenville, 42-41, in overtime. Brain Buscher caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Whitten, and Whitten then hooked up with Jimmy Joe Pruett for the two-point conversion.
    The Fayette County Board voted to discontinue providing housing for the Fayette County sheriff.

  • 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.

  • 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.