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Columns

  • 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.

  • The Way We Were-Jan. 26, 2012

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Seven people entered Vandalia’s mayoral race – Sandra Leidner, Charles Hutson, Jim Bray, Kim Shanks, Sheldon Schulte, Everett Jarrett and David Crye Jr. Crye later withdrew from the race.
    The Gallatin Street Grille opened at 524 W. Gallatin St. in downtown Vandalia.
    Marvin and Dorothy Huskey of rural Brownstown celebrated their 50th anniversary.

    20 Years Ago

  • Wright's Corner located in heart of oil field

    Recently, I was asked where the ideas for my articles come from.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These cousins all lived in Ramsey at the time of this photo, more than 50 years ago.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Carey Oldfield of Vandalia, the 1996 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was in Springfield to compete in the Illinois Miss County Fair pageant.
    Fayette County was hit with several bursts of snow and freezing rain.
    The Vandalia wrestling team held on to the No. 1 spot in Class A in the state.

    20 Years Ago

    1992 – St. Louis-based Laclede Steel selected Vandalia for its new pipe finishing and warehouse facility. It was to employ 54 workers.

  • Village of Dressor is now a ghost town

    Named for the man who owned the land, Nathaniel Dressor of Bond County, this Ramsey township village is a Fayette County ghost town.