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  • Duels were used to settle personal issues

    As far as my research shows, there has never been a duel fought in Vandalia. There have been a couple of hangings, whippings meted out by the local sheriff, according to law, a few murders and a tarring and feathering or two, but no duels.
    Duels were an accepted way for gentlemen of honor to settle “difficulties” of a personal character in the early days of Illinois.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. We need old photos for the Banks feature.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Mary Greer Rendleman and Carole Ray White.
    Identifying them were: No one.
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – St. Elmo native Bruce Williams, a 1979 graduate of St. Elmo High School, was killed in a U.S. Navy helicopter crash.
    Vandalia Community High School wrestler Ty Kidd placed third in the 160-pound class at the state-wrestling tournament.
    Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hoffman of Bingham were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
    Emil Graumenz, a long-time resident of the St. Peter area, was celebrating his 90th birthday.

  • Rush family history found after 150 years

    Over the years, I have had the pleasure to work on many family projects, but I think the one that touched me the most was that of Wesley and Anna Catherine Rush.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Eight Vandalia wrestlers advanced to the state wrestling tournament – Ty Kidd, Louis Smith, Adam Lape, Anthony Lach, Scott Street, Matt Emerick and Jason Clay.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two girls, shown as teenagers in 1948, grew up in Vandalia. The one on the left now lives in Southern Illinois and the one on the right moved back to Vandalia several years ago. They were members of a special club in high school.

  • Flanders Field has ties to Fayette County

    “In Flanders Field, the poppies blow.  Between the crosses, row on row…”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This determined-looking young man, pictured about 70  years ago, grew up in Fayette County and attained a position in which he influenced others as a leader of a large organization.

  • Discovery of sidewalk vaults causes stir

    There was a buzz of excitement in downtown Vandalia a couple of weeks ago when workers engaged on the streetscape project in the 100 block of South Fourth Street broke through the sidewalk slab in front of the Copper Penny into what appeared to be a tunnel.

  • 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.