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Columns

  • Flanders Field has ties to Fayette County

    “In Flanders Field, the poppies blow.  Between the crosses, row on row…”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This determined-looking young man, pictured about 70  years ago, grew up in Fayette County and attained a position in which he influenced others as a leader of a large organization.

  • Discovery of sidewalk vaults causes stir

    There was a buzz of excitement in downtown Vandalia a couple of weeks ago when workers engaged on the streetscape project in the 100 block of South Fourth Street broke through the sidewalk slab in front of the Copper Penny into what appeared to be a tunnel.

  • End of school is dangerous time for teens

    Prom and graduation season, the Fourth of July and summer vacation give pause to parents of teenagers everywhere. Why? Because celebration paired with newfound freedom can trigger tragedy on our roads and highways.
    Indeed, young people themselves report that these times of the year are the most dangerous when it comes to driving. And alcohol and other drugs are primary reasons.

  • Barbed wire helped civilize frontier Illinois

     It has been my good fortune to meet other "history minded" people such as myself during my forays into the history of Fayette County and her people.
    One of these was the late Emory Meador,  who, from time to time, would loan me newspaper clippings and books that he thought would interest me. One of the books was titled, “The Barbed Wire III Bible” by Jack Glover.

  • Aubery family among area's early settlers

    To commemorate the War of 1812, a group was formed with one of its goals being to identify all known veterans of this war who died in the state.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured about 43 years ago, grew up in Fayette County. He is married and lives near Brownstown.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, at its annual banquet, presented Abe Awards for community service to Jean Stombaugh, and Katie and Orville Schukar.
    The city received ongoing complaints about youths littering and walking into traffic near Vandalia Community High School.
    A school facility committee was touring Vandalia’s schools to form a recommendation to the Vandalia Board of Education on how to improve district facilities.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings, pictured nearly 44 years ago, are from the St. Elmo area.

  • Ramsey bank note dates back to 1929

    Several years ago, my friend, Roger Boye, a professor at Northwestern University in Evanston mailed me a $20 bill.
    Although it looked like a Federal Reserve note, it wasn’t. Nor was it a Silver Certificate.  The words "National Currency" appeared at the top, with the much-recognized portrait of Andrew Jackson centered on the face of the bill.