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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These young people, pictured about 20 years ago, grew up in the Vandalia and Shobonier area.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The Madonna of the Trail monument was rededicated on Saturday, the 60th anniversary of the Vandalia monument.
    The team of Gary Gray, Danny Kellow and Randy Fechtler won first place in the Fifth Saturday chili cookoff.
    Brownstown’s volleyball team won the Altamont Regional by beating Ramsey in three games. The Bombers were only 12-12 when they entered regional action. They were eliminated by Pana in the Casey Sectional.

  • Notice anything different about this L-U?

    Have you noticed anything different about today’s issue of The Leader-Union?
    Think old friend, new friend.
    Give up?
    Take a look at the next two pages. That’s where the old-and-new theme comes in.
    On page 5 is the old friend. We’re bringing back The TV Leader. After more than a year’s absence, we revisited our decision to pull the plug on that feature. At the time, we weren’t sure how many people were using it. Since cutting it, we found the answer: quite a few.

  • Interesting stories surround elections

    With this Tuesday being an election day in some parts of the nation, I thought it appropriate to recount some true stories of past elections in our area.  
    The earliest actually took place shortly after statehood, and the people involved lived near the current site of VanBurensburg.  In 1816, a group of families and neighbors from that part of Warren County, Kentucky, which is now Allen County (near Bowling Green), left their home and proceeded northward to what is now Bond County, Illinois.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young fisherman, pictured nearly 20 years ago, is now a carpenter who lives and works in the Vandalia area.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1988 – The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department’s rescue truck sustained major damage when it jumped into gear and rolled down an embankment after being called to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. Route 51 and Van Tran Avenue.
    Ramsey won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament. Shanin Whitten of Ramsey was named tournament MVP.
    Beth Herrington and Cindy Harrison represented Vandalia Community High School at the IHSA state tennis tournament.

  • Article gives peek into early settlers' lives

    One day, while scanning microfilmed copies of what was described as “miscellaneous newspapers,” images from The Bingham Agriculturist from Jan. 24, 1889, appeared on the screen.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This little boy, pictured 44 years ago, has lived in the Ramsey area all his life. He now farms.

  • James Carroll wrote family history at 96

    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. He was born Dec. 20, 1832, as recorded in the family Bible.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, after serving in the military, worked in the agricultural products field in Fayette County. He still lives in the county.