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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1998 or 1999, shows two "cheerleaders" for a Final Four benefit for Vandalia Community High School.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Tim Wollin took second and John Wehrle third in the IHSA sectional wrestling tournament, earning a trip to the state tournament.
    Nokomis beat Vandalia 47-36 in the championship game of the girls’ regional basketball tournament.
    Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hortenstine of Ramsey were named Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation’s Farm Family of the Year.

    30 Years Ago

  • The Wakefields loved life on the frontier

    In my column last week, you learned of John Allen Wakefield, the first white settler of Otego Township. In that story,  there were Indians, wars, log homes and Abraham Lincoln.
    In this story of the second half of John Wakefield’s life, there are more Indians, vigilantes and late-night raids with a Lewis & Clark connection thrown in.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The flu bug caused absenteeisms to climb at Fayette County schools.
    Vandalia wrestlers took second in the regional tournament at Cumberland. Seven qualified for sectionals, including Tim Wollin, who upped his record to 30-0. Others advancing were Gary Graumenz, Jamie Wehrle, John Wehrle, Heath Sheraden, John Durbin  and Chad Dunaway.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady grew up  in the Vandalia area and lived here all her life.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, shown about 75 years ago, was a lifelong farmer on the same farm he was born on in the western part of Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Patoka’s basketball team came up with a giant victory, beating Lebanon 76-73 in the Flora Shootout. Chad Mansker scored 26 points and earned MVP honors for the Warriors.
    Lisa Luster was crowned queen and Darren Rhodes king of the Brownstown Community High School homecoming.
    Beth Blankenship was named Mulberry Grove High School homecoming queen, while Sara Beth Murfin was named Patoka High School homecoming queen.
    John Baird retired from the St. Elmo post office after a 30-year postal career.

  • The Wakefields were first Otego settlers

    John Allen Wakefield is credited with being the first white man to live in what is now Otego Township in Fayette County.  In 1824, Wakefield and young wife, Eliza, built a log home near the Vincennes Trace in Section 17 and opened it to travelers. This house was the first to be built in the township.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who grew up east of Brownstown, has two sisters and five children. She's lived in Fayette County all her life and is a housewife.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fayette County Agronomy Day program drew 140 farmers.
    Five people filed nominating petitions for mayor – Rich Walker, Herb Walker, Jim Horn, Robert E. Carroll and Everett R. Jarrett.
    Debra Sue Logsdon was appointed Vernon postmaster.
    Tom Long was named new manager of the Vandalia Kroger Store.
    St. Elmo’s eighth grade basketball team won the regional basketball tournament, beating Altamont 47-31 in the IJHSAA finals.

    30 Years Ago