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Today's Opinions

  • Taste some wines, help the Statehouse

    Local residents will have the opportunity this Saturday to sample some wines and craft beers, listen to local performers and just enjoy a fall afternoon on the lawn of our local treasure.
    At the same time, you will be helping to preserve that treasure, with the proceeds from the Vandalia Historical Society's second annual Wine & Ale with Abe.
    The inaugural event turned out to be an overwhelming success, with a large crowd of people both having fun and helping to supporting the Statehouse window restoration project.

  • One of our town's early hotel owners

    Cyrus Tuttle was born on May 15, 1797, at Brandon, Vt., and died on Dec. 9, 1848, Seminary Township, Fayette County.  He was a son of Capt. Solomon and Deborah Strong Tuttle, and came with his family to Fayette County in 1836, settling in Seminary Township.

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  • Vandals show more than just wins

    Going into this Friday's homecoming game against Piasa Southwestern, the Vandalia Vandals varsity football team is touting a perfect 4-0 record. But you have to look beyond those wins to see what kind of players Vandalia has on the roster this fall.
    In one game, the Vandals chose not to respond in kind when some of their players were targeted with inappropriate actions of the other team. They kept a cool head and showed that they were above those actions.

  • Sign theft is a crime

    You can tell by the signs posted throughout the county that an election is coming up. What you don't see are signs that are no longer posted.
    For whatever reason, there are always people who – for some reason or another – think it's OK to steal or destroy candidates' signs.
    It's not – it's a criminal offense.
    Candidates and their supporters put a lot of money into their campaigns, which includes signs that are posted to advertise their run for elected office.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl, who was born in 1945, attended Maple Grove School and lives in Pittsburg. She has a son and a daughter, and a brother and a sister.
    There was no photo last week.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Elaine Culbertson
    Identifying her were: Judy Carruthers, Elaine Culbertson and Ruth Ann Garrison.
    This week’s Scrambler: nioghnt agter saw vere ecadeivh tuhiotw shatinsemu.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: It is a growling man who lives a dog's life.

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