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Columns

  • 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.

  • Gettysburg vets gather for reunion in 1913

    In 1913, the state of Pennsylvania, under Gov. John K. Tener, hosted a soldiers' reunion at Gettysburg to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These cousins both graduated from Vandalia Community High School.

  • Justice dukes it out with Illinois governor

    As I mentioned in last week’s article, I am a volunteer at the Vandalia Statehouse. In doing so, I have learned some interesting history – not only of the building and of the artifacts housed there, but of the men who were officeholders during the years 1819 to 1839.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – The Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital donated $38,000 to purchase new laparoscopic equipment.
    Fayette County Hospital held its first-ever health fair.
    Vandalia Junior High School boys basketball players Seth VonBehren and Zach Gummert were  named MVPs.
    Brownstown beat Mulberry Grove 15-13 and 15-10 in the eighth-grade volleyball regionals on Tuesday in Ramsey.
    Mr. and Mrs. Lewis H. Jones of Salem were to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on March 18.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Paula (Smith) Roach, Debbie (Little) Smith, Jon Smith and David Little.
    Identifying them were: Juanita Workman, Robert and Helen Smith, Dee Filer, Judy Kaiser and the Bones.
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  • Judge Henry's desk in Vandalia Statehouse

    Beginning in January of this year, I answered the call of Vandalia Statehouse Site Superintendent Steve Riddle to volunteer a few hours a week at the historic site.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four young people, pictured in 1976 on their way to Sunday School, all grew up around the Hagarstown area. Now, three of them live within two miles of each other.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – The Fayette County Hospital District Board of Directors and the St. Peter Village Board agreed to purchase the St. Peter Clinic from Richard Courson.
    Ramsey's Village Board accepted the resignation of policeman Carl Rogers on Monday.
    St. Elmo claimed the championship of its own regional basketball tournament on Friday.
    Vandalia Jr. Wrestlers took five firsts in the Marion wrestling tournament on Feb. 29.
    Birth – Luke Aaron to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Osborne of Litchfield.