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Columns

  • Vandalia Statehouse holds many stories

    For the past week, we have been working full steam to decorate the Vandalia Statehouse for the upcoming Christmas season. Coming up this Saturday is the annual Open House from 5-8 p.m., when we throw open the doors, and the first 100 families to sign the guest book receive a free ornament.
    Organizers are asking visitors to bring a can of food for the local food drive that is going on.

  • Banks of the Okaw

     

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man attended school in Vandalia, where he was a standout wrestler. He now lives in Troy and works in St. Louis.

     

  • The Way We Were

     

    20 Years Ago

     

  • Governor's mansion not always popular

     

     On Monday, along with my son, Ethan, Cheryl and Randy Pollard, Steve Riddle (Vandalia Statehouse site superintendent) and Travis Pence, I had the honor of visiting the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield.

     

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: In a photo taken a little more than four decades ago, these two brothers are ages 5 and 2.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Vandalia resident Wallace Weicherding, who hosted a Ku Klux Klan rally at his lake home in September, was fired from his job as a sergeant at Graham Correctional Center in Hillsboro for allegedly promoting his racial beliefs while on the job.
    Local artists Kim Shanks and Matt Mayfield dressed up the Vandalia Historical Society room at Evans Public Library by creating a painting of Abraham Lincoln on one of the walls.

  • Statehouse book gives a look at 1840s

    As a volunteer tour guide at the Vandalia Statehouse, one of the topics that I touch on is the fact that only three pieces of furniture in the building are original to it.
    Two are stoves, both Benjamin Franklin models. The Liberty stove, with an eagle emblazoned on it from the Walter Neuman Liberty Stove Co., was used as the model for the 12 reproduction stoves in the building. The second stove, known as a Sally-Ann model, has a bake oven on top and separate firebox below.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Laurna Lowrance.
    Identifying her were: Mildred Morefield, Shirley Cole, Linda Schulte and Jodi Craycroft.
    This week’s Scrambler: veig em ixs rusho ot pohc nowd a eret nad i liwl denps eht rifts urof grenphinsa het exa.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Vision is a compelling image of an achievable future. (Laura Berman Fortgang)

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – Dawn Clark Netsch, Illinois comptroller who was seeking the Democrats' gubernatorial nomination, visited with Fayette County Democrats at the home of Maurice Trexler, chairman of the county Democrats.
    The Vandalia City Council approved the extension of Sunset Drive south from Jefferson Street to Randolph Street.

  • Remembering Vandalia as it was in 1938

    Last week, while working on a research project that required searching back issues of The Vandalia Union, which are available on microfilm at Evans Library, I came across an article in the July 28, 1938, edition titled, "The Editor Cruises Around Town on A Dull Summer Day," by editor Ira Lakin.
    The writer began by stating that Friday, July 22, was a dull mid-summer day with little excitement and nothing out of which to make a newspaper story.  So, he climbed aboard his "bus" and cruised around town looking for a story.