Today's Opinions

  • 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)

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – U.S. Route 51 through Ramsey was closed for about five hours early Sunday morning when the driver of a tractor-trailer lost control of the vehicle on the curve just north of town and wrecked. The accident caused the spill of about 4,200 gallons of crude oil.
    Plans were being finalized for Old Capital Settlers Day in Vandalia. Activities included a chili cook-off, crafts and flea market, and husband- and wife-calling contests.

  • Early settlers blazed the trail in Loudon Township

    In 1908, the editor of The Vandalia Union asked readers to submit their Fayette County memories from an earlier time. Several old-timers responded to the request, among them, Miles R. Beck, who wrote of the early days in Loudon.
    Miles was born in Fayette County in 1846, a son of Joseph and Lydia Bankson Beck. Joseph Beck was born in Washington Township, in Wayne (later Holmes County) Ohio, in 1820, and was a widower with four children when he came to Fayette County with the Ohio migration. He was also a school teacher and taught at the first school in the township.

  • Share the roads with our farmers

    They’ve had more than enough time to prepare their equipment for this year’s harvest. And now, after a late season brought on by persistent spring rains and a cool summer, the corn crop is nearly ready.
    As a result, we can expect to see area farmers heading to the fields in great numbers in the next few days.
    That means two things: