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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Scrambler:  ghitsn yam moec ot shote how tiwa, tub lyno het gistnh flet yb setoh ohw letshu.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: We must view young people not as empty bottles to be filled, but as candles to be lit. (Robert Shaffer)

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Main Street Board of Directors went to the Vandalia City Council to request $15,000, with the money to be used as startup funds for the program.
    Eleven members of the Vandalia wrestling team advanced to the individual sectional tournament. Of the 11, six won regional titles – Shane Graumenz, Michael Mabry, Hank Stout, Nathan Graumenz, Chad Wilson and Nick Cocagne.
    Gilbert Olive was installed is worshipful master of Vandalia Temperance Lodge No. 16, A.F.&A.M.

  • Memories on tape preserve tale of family

    First off, I would like to thank all those who read this column and share with me their enjoyment of the stories that are told here. Many times, more facets of the stories I share come forward and become, as one popular commentator put it, "the rest of the story."

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – Vicky Perkins of Vernon won $100,000 in the Illinois Lottery.
    Joe Cearlock was president of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce for 1992. Other officers were Dave Mahon, treasurer; Kevin Childers, secretary; and Paul Zeman, vice president.
    Vandalia wrestlers John Kaiser, Todd Emerick and Chad Bowers advanced to the Vandalia Sectional after placing in the top three places in regional action Saturday at Litchfield.
    Birth - Kayla Beth to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor of Vandalia.

  • Lincoln's local leap more legend than fact

    According to legend, Abraham Lincoln jumped from a second floor window of the Vandalia Statehouse building to defeat a quorum.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, pictured at age 17 in 1943, was born and raised in Shobonier.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Mary (Catherni) Carson White.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Cham-ber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Louise Low and Dr. Kevin Childers to recognize their service to the community. The chamber also presented a special award to the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for 100-plus years of service to Vandalia.
    The city of Vandalia began working to get rid of the odor emanating from the city's sewage treatment plant.

  • Lincoln Victory Ball is on Feb. 11

     On Feb. 11, 1861, president-elect Abraham Lincoln left Springfield for Washington, D.C., for his inauguration. On the same day, Jefferson Davis left his home in Vicksburg, Miss., for Montgomery, Ala., to accept the presidency of the Confederate states.

  • Banks of the Okaw Jan. 26, 2012

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who grew up in the Ramsey area and graduated from Ramsey High School in 1964, has been a nurse for many years.