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Columns

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Joyce Trexler.
    Identifying her were: Donna Hames, Ruth Ann Garrison, Mary White, Kay Jones, Penny Richards, Charles and Linda Townsend, Ruth Brackenbush, Donna Chrisman, Judy Ralston, Marietta Berryman, Vivian Schmid and Mary Cripe
    This week’s Scrambler: raneilng si tno uoymsclpro; henrtei si vrliasuv.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The story of Illinois Central RR

    When the Illinois Central Railroad was projected, it far exceeded in magnitude any similar project ever attempted on this continent, with the exception of the National Road. Both of these momentous undertakings had at their heart Vandalia, Ill.

  • Revisiting the story of Tramel

    The story of Joe Trammel is one I have visited before in this column. Along with George Welsh and Jefferson Hastings, he was charged with the murder of an Oconee farmer by the name of Morris.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young girl grew up in Ramsey and married a Vandalia man who's handy.

  • ExxonMobil Annuitants

    The annuitants of the ExxonMobil met on Thursday, June 29, in Vandalia at Ponderosa Steakhouse, with 18 members and six guests present.
    Dean Black gave the welcome, followed by the pledge to the flag. Black asked for a moment of silence for a former member Lois Jones, wife of Bill Jones, who passed away in May. LaVerne Laux followed with a meal prayer.
    After the meal, the meeting opened with the reading of the last meeting in Litchfield, which was the picnic at the Mulherns’. The treasurer’s report was also given.

  • The lost village of Manford

    Fayette County was sprinkled with villages and communities that played a major part in the lives of our residents before 1900. The majority of these villages have since disappeared, and our only hint as to their existence comes from maps or memoirs of the older folks.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – A Grand March and Grand Ball were added to this year’s Grande Levée to celebrate the event’s 30th anniversary.
    The Fayette County Relay for Life raised $23,500, $5,500 above the goal set by local event organizers. Since the goal was exceeded, Fayette County Sheriff Michael D. Kleinik agreed to have his head shaved.
    An open house for the new addition to Fayette County Hospital was held.