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  • Banks of the Okaw

    Last week's photo: There was no photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: idagren si ot eth dinm htaw rsexcieeso ot eth doyb.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1994 – Fire destroyed the retail section of Leo Brown Lumber Co. Owner Gary Brown announced plans to rebuild.
    The University of Illinois basketball team held a scrimmage game in Vandalia, which was attended by more than 2,700 fans. Coach Lou Henson and his wife Mary, autographed copies of Henson’s new book.

    30 Years Ago

    1984 –Unemployment in Fayette County decreased from 12.5 percent in August to 11.6 in September, according to a report from Job Services of Illinois.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This photo, posted on Vandalia Memories by Gloria Durbin of Gloria's Christian & Office Supply, shows the building that now houses her business in the 200 block of South Fourth Street.

    The space that now houses her business was a cafe at the time of the photo, and the right side was a boot and shoe repair shop, according to Vandalia Memories administrator Kathy Schultz.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1994 – Officials with the city of Vandalia and Illinois Department of Corrections met for a preliminary design meeting for the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Roy Pulver, the retired supervisor of assessments for Clinton County, was getting ready to end his term as interim supervisor of assessments for Fayette County.
    He was appointed after long-time supervisor Lyle Ballance retired, and would step down when Cindi Lotz was sworn into office on Dec. 1.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: There was no photo.
    This week’s Scrambler: tfiesnidense fo srpeoup si eth gtasrtni tipno fo lal mecanetvehi.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The waste of life occasioned by trying to do too many things at once is appalling.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • A look at some of our earlier settlers

    Many of the earliest settlers in Fayette County came in small groups, bound together by family or religious ties.

  • Vandalia Memories

    This week's photo is of a popular local band in the 1960s.

    From left to right are Mike Hourigan, Mike Uelberg, Mike Scoles, Slick Cothern and Jerry Finley.
     

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989  – The Vandalia Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Vandalia Lions Club, was a huge success.
    A Cumberland Road Festival in the spring and an Old Capital Settlers’ Association Festival in the fall were to replace Fifth Saturday celebrations in Vandalia.
    Brownstown’s volleyball team repeated as regional champions with a 15-11, 15-3 win over Vandalia in the tournament finals. The Bombers lost to Newton in first-round sectional action.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    No photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Levi Halford, with Mickey Gilley.
    Identifying him were: Mrs. Rabe, John Hagy and Kathy Blain.
    This week’s Scrambler: eth tweas fo elif sncdiocoea yb ntiryg ot od oto hyam ta neoc si plgipania.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: By perseverancem the snail reached the ark.
    Unscrambling it were:

  • Most family stories pretty much true

    Having worked in family genealogy for nearly 35 years now, I have come to believe that most stories told within a family are 90-percent accurate. Some facts have been forgotten over the years with some added, as the story is retold in each generation, but the basic kernel of truth remains.
    One of my favorites, a story told in the Bricker family and recorded in the 1862 Knox County, Ohio, history book, tells about Ludwig (Lewis) Bricker, whose kin ended up in Fayette County and live here today.