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  • Part II of county history book began

    Over the past 18 months, a committee of members of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society, including Judy Brazle (chairperson), Virginia Rigdon, Donna Ruble and Cathy Smith, have overseen the submission of family histories for a new county history book.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This man was born in Confidence, Ill., almost 100 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Wesclin won the Vandalia Holiday Tournament. Flora, Shelbyville and Wesclin all had a 3-1 record, and because of the tie, free-throw percentage determined the winner. Wesclin’s Paul Lusk was named most valuable player of the tournament with 112 points and 44 rebounds. Brian Kern of Vandalia was on the all-tournament team.
    Several residents of the Tanner Drive-In area, northwest of the Vandalia city limits, attended the Vandalia City Council meeting to ask that efforts to annex that area into the city be stepped up.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Pat Smith Frost, was taken in 1941. In the photo at the Western Auto store at 518 W. Gallatin St. are Howard Daniels, Lucile (Pummill) Smith, Everett Devore and Lynn Gott.

  • The stories of Smith, Crump & Cronk

    While working on decorating the tree at the Vandalia Statehouse last week we got into a conversation about names.
    One of the stories we tell to visitors at the old capitol is of Supreme Justice Theophilus Washington Smith, who pulled a gun on Gov. Ninian Edwards. Edwards took it away from him, pistol-whipped him and broke his jaw.
    Another of the justices, Stephen Lockwood, in a letter to his wife, Mary, wrote that Smith’s jaw "had not yet reunited."

  • Vandalia Memories

    As part of their campaign tour across the Midwest in 1992, Democrat Bill Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore, stopped at the Vandalia Statehouse, where they spoke to a crowd estimated at 10,000.

    After their speeches, Clinton and Gore, and their wives, Hillary and Tipper, were led on a tour of the Statehouse by Judy Baumann, who was then the site superintendent. Also in this photo, taken by Leader-Union Editor Rich Bauer, is Roland Burrus, a Centralia native who was the state's attorney general at the time.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: All of the members of this family grew up in the Sefton community. Three still live in the Brownstown community.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 –  The annual Vandalia Holiday Tournament was under way.
    The Leader-Union and area merchants were sponsoring the First Baby of the New Year contest.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 – Beginning Feb. 17, one had to pay 22 cents to mail a letter. Postcard rates raised to 14 cents.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo was posted at Vandalia Memories by administrator Kathy Schultz, courtesy of Virginia Messex Maulding Witlock.

    According to writing on the back of the photo, this is the Charles Manion Band.

  • Two Statehouse events this weekend

    Excitement inside the Vandalia Statehouse is building as Saturday night nears. On this one night, Illinois’ oldest capitol will be alight with more than 200 candles and its halls echoing with the strains of chamber music from the group Chordially Yours of Edwardsville.