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Columns

  • 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.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. Please send old photos to us for use in the Banks of the Okaw column.
    This week’s Scrambler: gitnohn si oot lamls ot wonk, nad noghint oto gib ot pamtett.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother. (Voltaire)

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1993 – The Fayette County Board approved a six-month contract for Emergency Services & Disaster Agency Coordinator John Adermann, despite objections that Adermann voiced about the new pact. Adermann opposed the stipulation that the ESDA vehicle be kept at the county jail and used for business purposes only. The new contract also included a 11-point list of guidelines, one of which stipulated that all ESDA volunteers had to be screened and approved by the board’s ESDA committee.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Kyle Reiss.
    Identifying him were: Mike and Barb Reiss, and Phil and Linda Rebbe.
    This week’s Scrambler:  setr si a dogo inthg, tbu mdeboor si tis tebrohr.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.