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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, shown about 75 years ago, was a lifelong farmer on the same farm he was born on in the western part of Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Patoka’s basketball team came up with a giant victory, beating Lebanon 76-73 in the Flora Shootout. Chad Mansker scored 26 points and earned MVP honors for the Warriors.
    Lisa Luster was crowned queen and Darren Rhodes king of the Brownstown Community High School homecoming.
    Beth Blankenship was named Mulberry Grove High School homecoming queen, while Sara Beth Murfin was named Patoka High School homecoming queen.
    John Baird retired from the St. Elmo post office after a 30-year postal career.

  • The Wakefields were first Otego settlers

    John Allen Wakefield is credited with being the first white man to live in what is now Otego Township in Fayette County.  In 1824, Wakefield and young wife, Eliza, built a log home near the Vincennes Trace in Section 17 and opened it to travelers. This house was the first to be built in the township.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who grew up east of Brownstown, has two sisters and five children. She's lived in Fayette County all her life and is a housewife.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fayette County Agronomy Day program drew 140 farmers.
    Five people filed nominating petitions for mayor – Rich Walker, Herb Walker, Jim Horn, Robert E. Carroll and Everett R. Jarrett.
    Debra Sue Logsdon was appointed Vernon postmaster.
    Tom Long was named new manager of the Vandalia Kroger Store.
    St. Elmo’s eighth grade basketball team won the regional basketball tournament, beating Altamont 47-31 in the IJHSAA finals.

    30 Years Ago
        

  • John Shaw – the 'Black Prince of Pike County'

    Lately, my interest has turned to the early legislators who traveled to Vandalia, the new capital, hewn from a virgin forest.  The capital city was new, and many of the first men in government were the earliest settlers of the state.
    In 1820, there were 18 senators (Green and White counties shared a senator) and 36 representatives. We were part of Bond County that year, and Martin Jones was a senator and Jonathan C. Pugh was a member of the house.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Fayette County United Way received $22,000 in donations.
    The Rev. Eric McDonald was the new minister at Temple Baptist Church.
    Referee Don Price, 52, of Grayville, collapsed while refereeing the Vandalia-Teutopolis boys basketball game in the Mid-Winter Classic in Newton. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney.

  • Roda Wing's writing touched many

    So often in history, the woman’s story is overlooked and left untold. Such would have been the fate of Roda Wing, wife of Fayette County Surveyor Alexander Hamilton Wing, were it not for her scrapbook being placed on the shelf of an antique store.
    Made by Mrs. Wing for her son, John Alexander Wing, the scrapbook contained articles written by her during the years 1883-1904 for the publication,
    "Colman’s Rural World," based in St. Louis.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This man, pictured with his car in 1942, lived in Fayette County all his life. He served in World War II, had five children,  and worked as a farmer and school bus driver.
     

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – CPR administered by Mulberry Grove health instructor Kathy Lappe and junior-senior high Principal Bill Donaldson saved the life of 15-year-old student Tracy Goodin, who had quit breathing after choking on food or suffering some type of seizure during lunch hour.
    St. Elmo cable subscribers voiced complaints about a rate adjustment and poor reception to Warner Cable Communications Inc. personnel at a town meeting.