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  • Banks of the Okaw-Nov. 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture was taken in 1968 or 1969 of the all-star baseball team for the St. Elmo and Brownstown Little League.

  • The Way We Were-Nov. 10, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted to pay $260,000 for 26.08 acres of land east of Owens-Brockway and south of John Crane, with plans to give part of that land to Signature Label to retain the local industry.
    The Vandalia Community High School band and band instructor, Sean Reed-Bippen, went to the Vandalia Moose Lodge to record their halftime show for a compact disc. VCHS was one of seven schools chosen for the CD.

  • War of 1812 veterans have local connection

    In celebration of the upcoming bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812, I have been working on a project to identify all known veterans of that war who died in Fayette County.

  • Banks of the Okaw Nov. 3

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Michelle Philpot Barker, Melissa Philpot Elam, Cindy Carpenter Lutz and Jill Philpot Perry.
    Identifying them was: Cynthia Autenrieth.
    This week’s Scrambler: eht nam how slofwol teh drowc lilw sylulau teg on rufhert naht het drowc. eth amn owh slawk nelao si keilyl ot nidf femshil ni slapec on eno seel sha reev nebe.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Longtime Vandalia attorney Joe Dees was the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day program held by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95.
    A large crowd was present as Kelly McGinnis was led into the Bond County Courthouse to face charges of murdering Greenville attorney Tom Meyer.
    Massac County defeated the Vandalia Community High School football team, 26-2, to end the Vandals’ post-season playoffs. The Vandals ended the season with a 10-1 record.

  • Book tells of first murders in Fayette County

    Over the years, I have written about many of the first murders committed in our county,  with the information coming from the “History of Fayette County, Illinois,” published in 1878.

  • Banks of the Okaw Oct. 27, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These four cousins were photographed together in 1971.

  • The Way We Were Oct. 27, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council took the first step toward changing the city’s form of government from mayor-aldermanic to city administrator by lowering the mayor’s annual salary from $37,854 to $5,000.
    Lyle Lotz, a longtime St. Peter businessman with a strong record of community service, died after an extended battle with cancer. He was 56.
    The Vandalia Vandals defeated Piasa Southwestern, 25-23, to advance to the second round of the IHSA Football Playoffs.

  • Junction Park was an entertainment facility

    I don’t remember much about Junction Park, east of the Kaskaskia River bridge, but it seems that for people just slightly older that myself, many good memories from their teenage years and courtin’ days are anchored here.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Oct. 20, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young woman, who was 17 when the photograph was taken, was born in Patoka and attended Shobonier Grade School.