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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Underground Railroad in Fayette

    On Aug. 26, representatives of Illinois Humanities produced a radio podcast program from the House of Representatives chamber at the Vandalia Statehouse in celebration of Illinois’ 200th birthday.

  • Working to fill jobs, find staff

    Even though there are many claims on social media that there are no jobs available locally, and that we need more jobs, just the opposite appears to be true.
    During the initial meeting of the workforce development arm of the newly established Vandalia ONE initiative, there were numerous claims that there are many job openings, and that schools and businesses are working together to fill those openings.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – A crew from 20/20, an ABC news magazine, visited with Larry LeFevre, as it was doing a story on violence against divorce attorneys.
    Fayette County Hospital President Dan Gantz was given regional administrative duties by BJC Health System.
    Bob Thompson was elected chairman of the new Vandalia Tourism Commission.
    Ed Taylor Jr. opened Noise Music and Sound in the 300 block of West Main Street in Vandalia.
    Elizabeth Zeman of Vandalia received the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award.