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Columns

  • Childhood memories of wash day

    The washer broke yesterday. Oh, I can’t say it was much of a surprise. It had begun to make funny noises about three weeks ago.
    It didn’t owe me anything, as the saying goes. I had bought it used 10 years earlier and it had served me well. However, when it died, it was at the beginning of the wash cycle; I was faced with a medium-sized load of unwashed clothes.
    It was as I was wringing out a pair of socks that a picture of my mother came to mind, bent over a tub in the basement, scrubbing on her washboard.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This This young lady grew up in the Pittsburg area, and she has worked in the banking and insurance business. She has been married for more than 30 years, and has two beautiful daughters and an adorable great-granddaughter.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: niogtainaim si eomr tponarimt atnh egnoedwlk.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Ability has nothing to do with opportunity.
    Unscrambling it were: RuthAnn Garrison, Larry Cable, Harold and Loretta Tidwell, Cy and Lorene Locke, Elizabeth Kasten, Diana Roe, Carolyn Maske, Andrew Crosswait, and Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – A little more than 200 people took advantage of a hazardous home waste collection program offered at South Central FS in Vandalia.
    Clint Benhoff and Tim Worker of Ramsey were on the baseball squad at Lake Land College.
    Mr. and Mrs. Dale Nattier of Patoka were making plans to celebrate their 60th anniversary.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The history of Masons in Vandalia

    “The first lodge of the Masons in Vandalia was chartered October 8, 1822 as Vandalia Lodge No. 8 with then Governor of the state, Shadrach Bond, elected M.W. Grand Master. This Grand Lodge held all its annual communications in Vandalia until 1828, when all was a blank until 1835 due to persecution.”

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Vandalia Mayor Rich Walker reported that the project to extend sewer lines to the city’s western Interstate 70 extension was nearing completion.
    South Central was knocked out of postseason play with a 79-55 loss to Freeburg at the Vandalia Sectional Tournament.
    Fayette County State’s Attorney Rod Irvin and Vandalia Police Department Sgt. Fred Willms told local business owners what they could do to fight shoplifting and bad check offenses, giving recommendations at a meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: itbialy sah hoitgnn ot od thiw tupotpryino.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Great opportunities are often fleeting.
    Unscrambling it were: Cy and Lorene Locke, RuthAnn Garrison, Kyli Sidwell's fifth-grade class, Wayne and Bonnie Purtilar, Larry Cable, Juanita Workman, Lois Jackson, DeeDee Diveley, Judy Elder, and Harold and Loretta Tidwell.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The story of Little Hickory Church

    In the past few years, it seems more people have asked me about Little Hickory Church in North Hurricane Township than any other church in the county.