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Columns

  • The story of Abe and Ann Rutledge

    Ann Rutledge was born on Jan. 7, 1813, in Henderson, Ky., the third of 10 children of James and Mary Miller Rutledge. In 1829, her father, along with John M. Cameron, founded New Salem in Illinois.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The livery stables in early Vandalia

    In Vandalia’s early years, the livery stable played an essential part in the fabric of the community. Our early inns, such as Maddox House and Charter Hotel, both had a stable and their rate list was for both man and beast.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: oiysuirct si neo fo eth naetmrepn nda teiranc rceciscahstairt fo a orguoivs ndmi.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Our aspirations are our possibilities.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, Mrs. Whitten's fifth-grade class, Andrew Crosswait, RuthAnn Garrison, Wanda Green, Larry Cable, Juanita Workman, Elizabeth Kasten, and Harold and Loretta Tidwell.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Shirley Hoyle Lacey.
    Identifying her were: Carole Mitchell, Janet Lach, Carolyn Sasse, Jeanette Dippold and Doris Young.
    This week’s Scrambler: uro tpisaoirsna ear rou isbsipeosilti.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Experience is the name we give our mistakes.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council accepted the resignation of Jeanne Gustafson, who had headed up the city’s economic development efforts for the previous 6½ years. Gustafson accepted a similar job in Mt. Vernon.
    Vandalia Correctional Center Warden Mike Baker reported that the construction of a new work camp at VCC was “moving right along.” The work camp was to house 400 minimum-security beds and employ 155 staff members.
    Albert and Rena Torbeck were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Vandalia Memories
  • Sutherland gets to know MLK, Foxx

    With the commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King this week, I remembered reading of a Fayette County connection to this early leader in the civil rights movement.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – At its annual banquet, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Paul Zeman and “Beeb” and Billye Staff.
    Raymond and Betty Reiss of St. Peter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    25 Years Ago

    1991 – Hundreds of people attended a patriotic rally Saturday night in the South Central High School gym in Farina in support of local servicemen in the Middle East.
    If approved, Vandalia was to receive $75,000 in federal funds for work on Coles Street.