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  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia Police Department dispatcher Christy Brown and Richard Winters of Greenville split a $16,000 reward for information they gave that helped police capture murderer Kelly McGinnis of Greenville.
    Ruth Lape of Vandalia was celebrating her 90th birthday.
    Marc Sikma of Vandalia moved on to the finals of the Country Companies’ Three-Point Showdown.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: No photo this week. Photos are needed.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  slarede tac vidsicyeel ni het casnebe fo trincyate.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: If I had known then what I know now, I would have made the same mistakes sooner. (Robert Half)

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – The Vandalia Community High School wrestling team captured fourth place at the IHSA dual team finals.
    The Vandalia City Council approved a $15,000 contribution to the Vandalia Main Street Program in each of the next three years.
    Rhet Spengel of Springfield was hired as a patrolman for the Vandalia Police Department.
    Harland Bartholomew & Associates of Chesterfield completed the update of the city’s lake ordinance. The work included pulling together several documents governing the lake.

  • Gen. Thomas Ransom 'one of the best'

    Thomas Ransom was born on Nov. 29, 1834, in Norwich, Vt., the son of Col. Truman B. Ransom, who, for a time, was president of Norwich University, a liberal arts college with instruction in civil engineering and military science.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Front: Connie Torbeck. Middle (from left): Kathy (Malone) Wernz, Carol Ann Torbeck, Sheila (Allen) Quick, Pam Torbeck, Debbie (Harre) Gibson and Gloria Torbeck. Back: Angela (Torbeck) Clark.
    Identifying them was: No one.
    This week’s Scrambler:  fi I dha wonkn neht tahw I onkw won, I ludow veha dema het meas skatmise ronsoe.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – As last week’s temperatures dipped below freezing, swelling peach buds – caught off guard by the unseasonably warm weather during most of March – succumbed to the harsh cold.
    The trial for a Bluff City man, Stuart Wayne Heaton, charged with the stabbing murder of a Ramsey girl, Krystal Lynn Naab, was scheduled to begin next week.
    An ammonia feed system is now removing an unhealthy byproduct from the city’s water supply.

  • Maddox House was social center of town

    The Maddox House on Gallatin Street was a social center of capital-era Vandalia,  and was known far and wide as one of the best hotels in the state.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis of Greenville was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the August 1996 murder of Greenville Attorney Tom Meyer.
    By a 4-3 vote, the Vandalia Board of Education rescinded penalties handed down to two students through enforcement of the district’s athletic policy.
    Nathan Graumenz of Vandalia won the state championship in the 135-pound weight class at the state wrestling finals in Champaign. Michael Mabry of VCHS placed fourth in the 125-pound class.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: In 1961, these Brownstown girls gathered on Poplar Street for a birthday party.

  • Illinois gets passing nod from politicians

    Somehow it’s affirming to come home to messages on my answering machine. It means that someone has something to say to me. It infers that I’m valued, that someone cares.