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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Vandalia Mayor Rich Walker reported that the project to extend sewer lines to the city’s western Interstate 70 extension was nearing completion.
    South Central was knocked out of postseason play with a 79-55 loss to Freeburg at the Vandalia Sectional Tournament.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Rod Irvin and Vandalia Police Department Sgt. Fred Willms told local business owners what they could do to fight shoplifting and bad check offenses, giving recommendations at a meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: itbialy sah hoitgnn ot od thiw tupotpryino.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Great opportunities are often fleeting.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, RuthAnn Garrison, Kyli Sidwell's fifth-grade class, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Larry Cable, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Judy Elder, and Harold and Loretta Tidwell.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The story of Little Hickory Church

    In the past few years, it seems more people have asked me about Little Hickory Church in North Hurricane Township than any other church in the county.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Ken Cripe.
    Identifying him were: Carol Behrends, Robert and Esther Meyer, Roger and Betty Roe, Patti West, Rube Yarbrough, Boyd and Norma Ledbetter, Donna Chrisman, Steve Merriman, Lisa and Davis Schaal, Brad and Connie Brannon, and Beth and Steve Tarter.
    This week’s Scrambler: etagr teuporistnpio rea eotnf neligtfe.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Remember that credit is money.

  • Fayette County's early ties to Texas

    Texas was an independent nation from March 2, 1836-Feb. 16, 1846 when it became the 28th state to join the Union.
    Sam Houston was chosen president of the republic, with his inauguration on Oct. 22, 1836. Annexation to the United States was applied for and, as they say, the rest is history.
    Let’s go back a few years, shall we – before 1836? There is a Fayette County connection there.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Fayette County's early ties to Texas

    Texas was an independent nation from March 2, 1836-Feb. 16, 1846 when it became the 28th state to join the Union.
    Sam Houston was chosen president of the republic, with his inauguration on Oct. 22, 1836. Annexation to the United States was applied for and, as they say, the rest is history.
    Let’s go back a few years, shall we – before 1836? There is a Fayette County connection there.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This young man, in a photo taken on his wedding day in the late 1970s, is involved in farming and commercial agriculture.

  • Vandalia Memories