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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This brother and sister were both born and raised in Vandalia. She now lives south of Brownstown and he lives in Altamont.

  • Vandalia once had a paper mill

    According to the annals of history, the Vandalia’s Paper Mill was first built in 1885 by local promoters that included most of Vandalia’s prominent men.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Two vets going on Honor Flight

    They are not the first nor will they be the last, but on April 3, two local veterans, Gary
    Oldham and Dick Paul will be, as far as I known, the only Fayette County men taking part in the Honor Flight to see veteran memorials in Washington, D.C.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 - Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar talked about positive upturns in the state’s economy during a visit to Vandalia. Edgar was the guest speaker at a special meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.
    While in Vandalia, Edgar proclaimed the Vandalia Statehouse as the state’s first Heritage Site.
    Five males – four adults and a juvenile – were arrested for breaking into and burglarized Vandalia Community High School. The five males were arrested in St. Louis after being stopped for a traffic violation.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: All three of these children are originally from this area. Two were born in Loogootee, and one was born east of Loogootee.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Amanda Habing Jerden. It was incorrectly stated last week that Amanda works for AirEvac; she works for ARCH. We apologize for the error.
    Identifying her were: Rick and Brenda Yarbrough.
    This week’s Scrambler: dimosw teismteonf sotscnsi fo wkingon awth ot od xent.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Pessimism never won any battle.

  • Bibles help preserve our history

    One of the fun things I get to do as chair of the publications committee of the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society is come up with ideas of material that we can publish and, therein, earn money to support our programs.