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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: A woman and her nephew are shown in this week's photo. She is retired and lives in Vandalia, and he works in a local factory and lives in Brownstown.

  • Carroll records his family history

    In 1928, when James Monroe Jernigan Carroll was 96 years old, he sat down and composed a paper he titled, “A Brief History of the Carroll and Elam Families.”
    James Monroe Carroll was the oldest son of Raford and Sarah Jernigan Carroll, and was born on Dec. 20, 1832, as recorded in the family Bible.
    “Raford Carroll was born in North Carolina, Nov. 3, 1808, and came to Tennessee in 1818 and was there married to Sarah Jernigan, March 15, 1829.

  • 'Pop' Miller told old baseball stories

    I had the good fortune to meet Floyd “Pop” Miller and his wife, Vivian, of Mulberry Grove when I joined the Fayette County Genealogical Society in the late 1980s.

  • 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.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council rejected proposed pay increases for the mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen, and also agreed to put the hiring of a director of community development “on the back burner.”
    Odie Washington, the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, was the guest speaker at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce’s monthly meeting.
    Vandalia defeated Hillsboro, 28-6, in varsity football play to remain undefeated and take over the conference lead.

  • 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.

  • 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.
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • 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.