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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This team of local athletes was the champion of the men's fastpitch softball league in 1988. All but one of them were reared in Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The Grande Levée was to include period crafts, tours, music and lots of homemade foods.
    Jody Eyman was queen of the Bond-Fayette TMH prom.

    35 Years Ago

    1984 – Robert E. McCart and Michael D. Kleinik were appointed to sergeant positions on the Vandalia Police force this week.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Dan Meyer was named superintendent of St. Elmo schools.
    Jim Virostko was hired as the new basketball coach at Vandalia Community High School.
    Mulberry Grove’s top students were Erik Grigg, valedictorian, and Bob Jackson, salutatorian. At Brownstown, Lisa Luster and Stephanie Pruett were co-valedictorians, with Teresa Grubaugh salutatorian.
    John Campbell won the Golden Glove and Hustle awards for the Greenville College baseball team.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These siblings grew up in the Vandalia area.

  • Emmett Kelly had MG family connection

    Emmett Kelly, who became famous the world over as “Weary Willie,” the sad-faced clown, had his beginnings in a small Kansas town.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Hail and high winds broke windows, dented vehicles and destroyed roofs and crops in Fayette County. The damage was estimated at $15 million.
    South Central was the name chosen by students for the newly consolidated Farina LaGrove, Kinmundy-Alma school district.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two couples, shown at the Ramsey High School prom in 1965, both eventually married.

  • Fayette connections in early Texas history

    Texas was an independent nation from March 2, 1836, to Feb. 16, 1846, when it became the 28th state in the Union.
    Sam Houston was chosen as president of the Republic of Texas, with his inauguration on Oct. 22, 1836. They applied for annexation to the United States and, as they say, the rest is history.
    Let’s go back a few years – before 1836.  There is a Fayette County connection here.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Payne and Kendall Ray were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Patoka Class of 1989.
    Voters in the LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma school districts approved the consolidation of their districts by a 3-1 margin.
    Ed Hightower, a collegiate referee and school administrator from East Alton, was speaker at the VCHS athletic banquet.

  • A salute to the area women who served

    In my last column, I shared the history of the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home from the “War Stories” book.