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Columns

  • Lincoln left his mark on Vandalia

    It was late in the afternoon on Nov. 29, 1834, when the stagecoach from Springfield made its grand entrance into Vandalia with galloping horses and horns a blaring.

  • Banks of the Okaw Dec. 22, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: No photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler:  ti swa sylawa disa fo mhi ahtt eh wenk woh ot epke stamshric elwl, fi nya nam velia dessospes  het glenwokde. yam taht eb lytru disa fo su! nad os, sa nyit mit drosbeev, "dgo slebs su, ryeve noe!"
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were Dec. 22, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted 6-1 to create the office of city administrator, with a job advertisement to go out later in the week.
    Clem Schaal of St. Peter was recognized by the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. for his 10 years of service on the board.
    A renovation to the front entrance of Fayette County Hospital was moved up to the first phase of the construction and renovation project at FCH.
    Wayne and Aileen Schmitt of Vandalia were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Gettings stories in book an early present

    As I was working on preparations for the upcoming Christmas celebration, my thoughts turned to last year when, for me, Christmas came early.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 15, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Yvonne "Shorty" Clanton.
    Identifying her were: Lowell and Marilyn Wells, Heather Osborne, Tina Benning, and Melvin and Janet Kern.
    This week’s Scrambler: fi uoy vahe litbu scetsal ni eth ria, royu rokw dene otn eb stol; ahtt si rehew hyte dulhos eb. won upt snufotdanio redun meht.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The Way We Were-Dec. 15, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Fayette County Board was considering a resolution that would require inmates in the county jail to help pay their own medical expenses.
    The Vandalia wrestling team captured the title of the Civic Memorial Tournament for the second straight year.
    Everett and Paula Sasse were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, and Forrest “Shaner” and Cleta Lutz of Mulberry Grove were celebrating their 65th anniversary.

  • Statehouse Christmas always exciting

    This past Saturday evening, visitors to the Vandalia Statehouse participated in an annual tradition – the Christmas open-house at Illinois’ oldest capitol.

  • Banks of the Okaw Dec. 8, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This dairy farm girl, pictured about 20 years ago, grew up in Seminary Township and now lives in Mulberry Grove.

  • Mathilda Greenup Fraser grew with Vandalia

    When the Fayette County Genealogical & Historical Society sponsored the reprinting of the 1904 Historical Souvenir of Vandalia several years ago, I was one of those who purchased a copy for my personal library.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Dec. 1, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This woman, pictured more than a decade ago, is now 92.