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  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 14, 2010

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These young women were pictured during a physical education class at Brownstown High School more than 60 years ago. Two now live in Vandalia, one in Beecher City and one in Freeport.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Gary Stine.
    Identifying her was: Charlotte Bone.
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  • The Way We Were-Oct. 14, 2010

    15 Years Ago

    1995 – The cost of extending sewer lines to Vandalia’s western Interstate 70 interchange was less than expected. Thus, Mayor Rich Walker was proposing additional infrastructure improvements, including new sewer lines and manholes along the river bottoms in the city.
    Judge Dennis Middendorff ruled that Stuart Heaton, a Bluff City man convicted of murder in 1992, could continue to use a Chicago law firm. Jenner & Block took on Heaton’s case on a pro bono (free) basis.

  • Edward Beck – a quiet, earnest man

    We hear a lot about Paul Beck, who with his son, Guy, are credited with being the first white settlers in Fayette County, entering the dense virgin forest as early as 1805.
    There is another Beck – John Beck – who deserves a moment in the spotlight of history. He was Paul’s younger brother, and also came to Illinois before statehood, settling in neighboring Montgomery County.

  • Attend forum next Tuesday

    With the political campaign season now in its final 20 days, candidates are crisscrossing the area with amazing regularity. It’s good to see them paying attention to our part of the state.
    Several high-profile Democratic candidates, including U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, have made stops in Fayette County during the campaign season.
    Last Thursday, several statewide Republican candidates visited Vandalia. In attendance were gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady, lieutenant governor candidate Jason Plummer and state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville).

  • Brownstown man fatally injured in wreck

    A Brownstown man died from injuries sustained in an accident on Friday morning.

    Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen said Matthew L. Sefton, 52, was southbound on U.S. Route 51 near County Road 800 North on a motorcycle when he struck the back of a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at Fayette County Hospital at 10:48 a.m.

    A Missouri man died from injuries sustained in a skydiving accident at Vandalia Airport on Saturday evening.

    Bowen said Jonathan Bullar of Maryland Heights made a jump from about 6,500 feet, and his parachute failed to deploy.

  • Vandals nearly top Southwestern

    The Vandalia High School football team stromed back from a 24-7 deficit to take a 27-24 lead in the fourth quarter, but a late touchdown by Southwestern gave the Birds a 31-27 win.

    Bryan Hosick and Levi Ulmer each had two touchdowns for the Vandals.

    A full story will appear in Thursday's edition of The Leader-Union.

  • Soccer team to play Friday

    Vandalia High School has scheduled a soccer game against Altamont to be played Friday at 3 p.m. at the VHS soccer field.

    The Vandals had to cancel their game with Lincolnwood on Tuesday after the referees failed to show up.

    Vandalia plays its regional match at Mt. Carmel next Tuesday.

  • Church Briefs-Oct. 7, 2010

    Fall festival Oct. 24 at Liberty Christian

    Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown will hold its annual fall festival on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. in the church pavilion.

    The event, planned by the youth team, will offer something for the entire family – a bonfire, hayrides, music and a devotion time.

    Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs, hot dogs and buns for their family, soda and the ingredients for making s’mores.

    Hot chocolate, coffee and hot cider will be provided.

     

  • See You at the Pole

    First photo: A large group of students met at Vandalia Community High School on Sept. 22, to participate in the national See You at the Pole day. VCHS counselor Luke Holt, right, is shown addressing the group. 

    Second photo: Students at Vandalia Junior High School also participated in the See You at the Pole activity before school on Wednesday, Sept. 22. The  student-led event included students as well as teachers. (Photo contributed)

  • Evergreen Outreach-Oct. 7, 2010

    By Dr. Melanie Schaafsma
     Monday afternoon at 1 p.m., Evergreen Outreach was held back at our “home” spot, the First United Methodist Church.  Our guests approved. Edith Simmons, from Brookstone, said, “It feels more like home,  and we have more space here.”