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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler:  oot nyma loepep luvareevo thwa yeht era ont nad vernudaule twah ehyt rae.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The four cornerstones of character on which this nation is built are: initiative, imagination, individuality and independence.

  • When is a hit more than a hit?

    It’s every parent’s nightmare.
    Your son is playing football, takes a thunderous hit to the head and goes face down on the turf. He doesn’t move.
    Time stands still. Your vision swirls. You rush to the field. Your protective instincts are running full-throttle.

  • Breast cancer journey continues

    It has been 13 years now since I was told that I had breast cancer – a fast-growing type, they said. On a scale from two to nine, I was a seven. Not a good number to be.
    Being the first in my immediate family to be diagnosed with cancer, I searched my ancestor charts for other kin who may have died as a result of this particular affliction. I came up blank. In fact, throughout the lives of my family members, the most common cause of death was old age.

  • Vandalia crucial to Illinois railroad history

    Editor Thomas Lakin of The Vandalia Union newspaper once wrote, “Vandalia is the cradle in which the infant Illinois was rocked.”

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – It was the one-year anniversary of the work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center. Inmate hours at the work camp were totaling as many as 30,000 per month.
    Brownstown officials were celebrating the startup of a sewer line replacement project. A $350,000 state grant was being used in conjunction with a $150,000 loan.
    Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hoffmire were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.
    Sophia Martin was celebrating her 100th birthday at Fayette County Hospital & Long Term Care.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Jean Carson Hall.
    Identifying her was: Kathleen Hall.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht ufro osroctnernes fo tarhcreac no chwih stih intano si lubti rae: vaitintiie, goimaintani, aidiliviytnud nda ecenidenpned.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Jean Carson Hall.
    Identifying her was: Kathleen Hall.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht ufro osroctnernes fo tarhcreac no chwih stih intano si lubti rae: vaitintiie, goimaintani, aidiliviytnud nda ecenidenpned.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman was about 15 when this picture was taken nearly 70 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia City Council voted to make an offer on four tracts of land. The offer included three tracts at or near the former site of the Johnson, Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Factory and a vacant lot in the 300 block of West Gallatin Street.
    Brownstown School District officials and district teachers were to meet with a mediator concerning a new contract for the teachers.

  • Marley family secures stone for ancestor

    It was last fall when I received a telephone call from C.F. Marley of Nokomis with the news that he, along with his son, Bob, and Bob’s wife, Pat, had found a death certificate for William Wilson in the records of Fayette County.
    This man was C.F.’s long-lost great uncle, for whom the Marleys had spent years searching. C.F.’s father, the late Bernard Marley, often spoke of two uncles who fought at Vicksburg, where "blood ran down the hill." These uncles were brothers to Bernard’s mother, Lydia Wilson Marley.