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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Historical Society was to hold a ceremony to recognize Mary Burtschi for her donation of the Little Brick House to the society.
    The Vandalia Jaycees were still looking for a place to hold their haunted house.
    Travis Blain rushed for 294 yards against Pana, but the Vandals lost to Pana, 21-14, in an overtime contest.
    Mr. and Mrs. David Hill of Vandalia were celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary, and Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Hollman of St. Peter were marking their 50th anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, pictured in 1957 at age 20 while he was serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, has lived in Fayette County all his life.

  • Every day is good day to remember veterans

    By James E. Koutz
    When people think of veterans, they often think of warriors. But Hurricane Sandy offers just the latest reminder of the significant humanitarian and often-times, life-saving work performed by our veterans on a daily basis.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: Photos are needed. Please submit one.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture lastt week.
    This week’s Scrambler: neo flah fo wonknig thwa oyu natw si gikwonn hawt uoy stum vegi pu fobree uyo egt ti.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Judge Henry shares early Vandalia memories

    In 1914, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Vandalia Union newspaper, the editor asked old settlers to write down their remembrances of Vandalia and submit them to the newspaper for publication in a special issue.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis, a 41-year-old man who earlier this year was convicted of murdering Greenville attorney Tom Meyer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of armed violence in Fayette County. McGinnis was found guilty of shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre.
    Travis Blain passed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing for the second straight season as the Vandalia Vandals defeated Hillsboro, 31-8.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  rehte era heter stendiregin ni eth dogo feli: ginlaren, nagnire nad rignaney.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. (Malcolm Forbes)

  • 'Vandalia Raid' part of Civil War history

    Alenia Dressor McCord was reared in the Bethel community, now Reno, about eight miles northwest of Greenville and was a child during the turbulent years of the Civil War.
    She told her granddaughter, the late Alenia McCord, many family stories. Miss McCord is remembered by many as a teacher at Vandalia High School. One of her stories was about an event that would become known as the "Vandalia Raid."

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler:  oot nyma loepep luvareevo thwa yeht era ont nad vernudaule twah ehyt rae.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The four cornerstones of character on which this nation is built are: initiative, imagination, individuality and independence.

  • When is a hit more than a hit?

    It’s every parent’s nightmare.
    Your son is playing football, takes a thunderous hit to the head and goes face down on the turf. He doesn’t move.
    Time stands still. Your vision swirls. You rush to the field. Your protective instincts are running full-throttle.