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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The two brothers in this photo, taken in about 1950, have lived in or around Ramsey their entire lives.
    They're still in that area, retired and enjoying their large circle of family and friends.
    Do you know them? If so, call our office at 283-3374 by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: scusces si a ruenjyo, tno a iotsnatnied.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man being sought for the murder of Greenville attorney Tom Meyer, fled from authorities after an unsuccessful attempt to enter the  LeFevre, Zeman,  Oldfield & Lawinger law office in Vandalia.
    Megan Schukar was crowned homecoming queen at Vandalia Community High School. Foreign exchange student Bogdan Leshchinskiy was crowned king.
    Former Vandalia Community High School principal and teacher Bob McAllister died after a battle with cancer.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: riefual evrdopsi eth senloss ot seunre soregrsp.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Risk surrounds everything worth accomplishing.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – More than 150 Vandalia Community High School students and faculty-members gathered outside for prayer as “See You at the Pole” was observed nationwide.
    Louie and Josephine Franklin of Ramsey were observing their 50th wedding anniversary.
    A crew from NBC-TV was in Vandalia to interview local residents on such things as the economy, politics and the status of the country in general. The product was to be aired during the network news.

  • Researching Lincoln in Vandalia

    In March 2015, a gentleman by the name of Robert Shaw telephoned to tell me that he was visiting Vandalia to photograph the Vandalia Statehouse and wanted to know some of the history during Lincoln’s legislative years.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Jamie and Justin Elmore, and Alisa and Lynsey Hourigan.
    Identifying them were: Ruth Ann Garrison, and Raymond and Ljean Rush.
    This week’s Scrambler: sikr rsunsordu tegriyvneh tohrw ichogmalnipsc.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ignorance is curable; stupidity is not.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – An open house was being held at the new Vandalia Correctional Center work camp.
    Vandalia Police stepped up patrols around elementary schools after a 7-year-old student at Lincoln School reported that a man attempted to abduct her while she was walking home from school.
    The Fayette County Farm Bureau conducted its annual crop survey. The survey netted estimated yields of 108 bushels per acre for corn and 32.75 bushels per acre for soybeans.

  • Remembering my sister's life

    My sister died Saturday morning at about 3 o’clock. After receiving the call and being unable to sleep, I began to think that I really didn’t know her that well.

  • Brown has a place in history

    The day Leah Rogne telephoned to advise me that she was visiting Vandalia on July 13 to research her great-grandfather, William H. Brown who moved from Kaskaskia to Vandalia very early, and needed my help; I will confess I didn’t know much about the man.
    What I did know about the man was that William H. Brown came to Vandalia from Kaskaskia with the capitol.  He was an attorney who did some notable things that I could not remember and then disappeared.