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  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This young girl was born and reared in Vandalia, and she still lives here, working as a registered nurse. Both of her parents live in Vandalia, and she has a brother.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Ed Mills was elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “Friend of Basketball.” The VCHS basketball scorekeeper for 45 years was honored prior to the Vandalia-Pana basketball game.
    Wrestlers John Durbin, Greg Emerick, John Swain, Tim Smith and Ray Rees advanced to the wrestling sectional after qualifying in the Litchfield Regional.

  • Vandalia Memories

    With the high school basketball season nearing an end, here's a look at the scorer's table years ago. From left to right are Ed Mills, Charles "Chick" Lawler, Bill Brown.

  • Coffey one of first Montgomery settlers

    During my search into the early roots of my son’s family tree, I have often bumped up against Newton Coffey, although never connected with him.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Before Fayette County prisoners were housed in the current building adjacent to the courthouse, this building, which was located at the southwest corner of Third and Johnson streets, served as the county jail.

    This photo appeared on a post card posted on Vandalia Memeories by Larry Emerick.

  • Tom Sears part of Clingman Gang? Sear

    Lurking around in the background of the Sears family tree is Thomas Sears, son of John and Hannah Ione Johnson Sears.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s photo: This little girl looks like she doesn't like boys. Bet that has changed.

  • Vandalia Memories

    Steve Jerden uploaded this photo of the ceremony for the unveiling of the Madonna of the Trail statue in front of the Vandalia Statehouse in 1928.

  • Banks of the Okaw

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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: An unexamined life is not worth living.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1990 – Joe Martin, Fayette County Cooperative Extension adviser in agriculture, told an Agronomy Day crowd that he was leaving that position as of Feb. 9 to begin work as land manager for Alcoa Aluminum in Newburgh, Ind. Because of a university-wide hiring freeze at the University of Illinois, his position would not be filled for at least a year.
    Brian Kern was named to the all-tournament team at the Olney Mid-Winter Classic. Vandalia went 0-5 in the tournament.