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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Rachel Engel of Farina was crowned Miss Fayette County Fair. Jaida Etcheson won the Little Miss Fayette County competition.
    Brad Horner of Vandalia received a state proficiency award in sheep production.

    25 Years Ago

    1992 – The Vandalia City Council approved a plan to extend Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street. The project estimate was $183,000.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The three boys in this photo, which was taken about 50 years ago, were raised in Brownstown, but all now live in the Vandalia area.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: These two good friends joined the miliary in 1954, and both went to Camp Chaffee for basic training. One then went to Germany and the other went to Taiwan. Both worked in communications and both are now retired.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The first native brigadier general

    When I received my copy of The Leader-Union two weeks ago, the lead story of Bryan
    Radliff’s promotion from colonel to brigadier general was like déjà vu.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Two brothers, on each end, are pictured with their cousin.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Based on an ordinance, water rates for residents of Vandalia were increased by 7.01 percent and sewer rates were hiked by 1.48 percent.
    After hearing residents in the area of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street voice complaints about speeders, the Vandalia City Council agreed to consider making the intersection of Sunset and Fillmore streets a four-way stop.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Obed Lovett improved farming

    Obed Edom Lovett, a prominent citizen of Wheatland Township, was one of those who earned space in the 1904 Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man charged with shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre, argued that because he will be in shackles for his trial, so should Fayette County State’s Attorney James Overholt.
    Vandalia Correctional Center adopted Kelley Park on West Main Street in Vandalia. The action meant that the VCC work camp would maintain the park.
    Ed Lebold of Vandalia was named chief of security at Vandalia Correctional Center.