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Columns

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The young man in the photo is a graduate of Vandalia Community High School and the University of Illinois. Described as "very personable," he enjoys camera and he helped southern countries through the Peace Corps. He is married and has children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Vandalia's early days as capital

    With Kaskaskia as territorial capitol of the infant state, the first state constitutional convention met on Aug. 18, 1818, and issued a report “relative to a permanent seat of government…” Land was donated from the proprietors of Pope’s Bluff, Hill’s Ferry and Covington.  

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Citing “immediate family concerns,” Republican candidate Marsha Sidwell Combs pulled out of the November state’s attorney’s race in Fayette County.
    Lorraine and Andy White of Vandalia celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Jeanne and Ivan Witbracht were also celebrating their golden anniversary.
    Tom Turner, who had served as principal of South Central Elementary School, was chosen for the principal’s job at Patoka Elementary School.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This little girl's family moved to Vandalia when she was a high school freshman. She worked as a school secretary for 48 years and has been retired for 22 years.

  • Celebrating the 4th in olden days

    To celebrate the Fourth, I thought it might be interesting to learn how the early settlers of days past celebrated this day.  

  • Vandalia Memories
  • A history of the historical society

    The Fayette County Genealogical Society was organized on May 27, 1971, at a meeting held in the Hospitality Room at Farmers and Merchants Bank in downtown Vandalia.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: aneorcgni si ton eonineccn tub nis.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Responsibility educates.
    Unscrambling it were: Larry and Joyce Cable, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Judy Elder, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, and Cy and Lorene Locke.