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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Democrat David C. Marty, Fayette County treasurer for the past 28 years, announced that he would not seek an eighth term in office. Later in the week, Democrat Rose Hoover, a deputy clerk under Marty, announced that she would run for treasurer.
    The Vandalia football squad defeated Piasa Southwestern to finish the year at 6-3 and win an at-large playoff berth.

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No picture last week. New pictures are needed.
    This week’s Scrambler: het lytaqui fo a snopre's feli si ni tridec nortipopro ot rithe nemtimtmoc ot lecneelcex, lerdsagres fo  rihet nocseh lifde fo rovdeena.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Brownstown Board of Education approved a new two-year contract with the Brownstown Education Association.
    Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Chandler of Ramsey and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lay of rural Ramsey were celebrating their 50th anniversaries.
    Fire gutted the building at 611 W. Orchard St. that housed businesses and apartments. Damage was estimated at $250,000.
    Long-time Vandalia attorney Bob Burnside was named grand marshal of the Vandalia Lions Club’s Halloween parade.

  • Welch owned mill on Pepper Mill Branch

    Francis Marion Bolt was born in southeast Ramsey Township, and in his early years was a school teacher in the neighborhood schools.

  • 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.