Today's Opinions

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in this photo, taken in 1946, was born and reared in a small town west of Vandalia.

  • The history of Wright's Corner

    I was recently asked where the ideas for my articles come from.
    My reply was that sometimes the subject of an article is suggested by a question I am asked or by something I had read that piqued my interest and spurred my want to know.
    The following article, on Wright’s Corner, is an example of this.  While having chemo this past Thursday, a woman told me that she had read my articles for some time and had been wondering when I would get around to writing about Wright’s Corner.

  • Driving? Put that cell phone down

    The next time you go to pick up your cell phone while driving, remember the June 2015 accident that resulted in the three deaths caused when a driver hit a school bus or the accident in March of this year when 13 people died after the church bus in which they were riding was hit by a texting driver.
    This is Distracted Driver Awareness Week and all levels of local law enforcement are putting an increased emphasis on looking out for drivers talking or texting on a cell phone.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Wanda Walton retired from First Bank in Vandalia after working there 44 years.
    A reorganization of the Vandalia School District’s central office was approved. The reorganization included the reassignment of Jeff Endres, the district’s business manager for 13 years, to a teaching position.
    The city of Vandalia was still working to get rid of the odor spreading from the city’s sewage treatment plant.
    The Vandalia Main Street Executive Board began the work necessary to get a program manager hired.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: oelpep ulodw aetrhr eb aysnltepal rsupeirds ahnt etyritlb ptaodidensip.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Endurance is patience concentrated.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Ruth Ann Garrison, Juanita Workman, Sandy Guffey, Misty Gathe, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Walt and Mary Philbrick, Elizabeth Kasten, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, and Andrew Crosswait.

  • The rest of the story on Field

    In my last column I wrote about Alexander Pope Field, who was an important Illinois historical figure. In that article, I wrote, “... in 1828, Gov. Ninian Edwards appointed him secretary of state, a post he held until 1840.”
    I also wrote that this was a story all by itself and, folks, this is that story.

  • Cleanup Week is next week

    Tired of sifting through a bunch of things – things that really have no value or you no longer have any use for – in your attic or garage while looking for something? Next week is the time to get rid of them.
    The city of Vandalia is holding its annual Cleanup Week for customers of Doty Sanitation next Monday through Friday.
    Here are the guidelines that the city has set:
    • The unwanted items are to be placed alongside regular trash on residents’ normal trash pickup days.