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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 31, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These two sisters grew up in the Mulberry Grove area. One now lives in Greenville and works at Southwestern Electric. The other lives in Mulberry Grove and works at a day care center.

  • The Way We Were-March 31, 2011

    15 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.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 24, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken 65 years ago in Hawaii, shows two local servicemen who later returned to the area to farm. One moved south of Greenville in 1953 and the other lives in the Bluff City area.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Jeff Blackburn, Jack Wright, Jeff Hoffman and Steven Smith.
    Identifying them were: Karen Washburn, Diane Blackburn, Peggy Hunt, Caryn Leigh and Jim Cole.

  • Dr. H.S. Short practiced for 45 years

    Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to obtain copies of several early photos of the village of Fillmore, just over the line in Montgomery County.  
    Recently, while showing these photographs to a friend, I stopped at the one of Dr. H.S. Short. Whoever took the pictures was kind enough to identify them as well.  Written on the reverse of Dr. Short’s photo is the phrase, "H.S. Short, 45 years in practice."

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 17, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture, taken in 1983, shows four Ramsey High School students – two of whom were graduates that year. The ones on the far left and far right still live in the Ramsey area. The one second from the left lives in Vandalia and the one second from the right lives in rural Bingham.
    Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • The Way We Were-March 17, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Bob Bowen, chief deputy of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office since 1991, submitted his resignation. He had taken a job with Bowen Cabinet & Appliances.
    The Greater Brownstown Park District and Brownstown Village Board began pursuing the idea of building a nine-hole, par-3 golf course in the community.
    Arthur and Irene Dial were making plans to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Also planning to celebrate a golden anniversary were the Rev. Dale and Valeria Diveley.

  • Accountability in government depends on existence of strong Sunshine laws

    By David Porter
    Let’s face it. The government really doesn’t want you, the taxpayer, knowing what it’s doing with your money. It really doesn’t.

  • Radliffs were early county settlers

    Nearly 20 years ago, I was in one of the local antique shops on Gallatin Street when two large portraits caught my eye. The portraits, created in charcoal and pencil, obviously by the same hand, were framed and in very good condition.

  • Banks of the Okaw-March 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These five girls, pictured in April 1963, were all from the Bingham area. Though they now live in Ramsey, Herrick, Pana, Springfield and Willow Hill, they remain very close friends.

  • The Way We Were-March 10, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The Vandalia City Council voted to seek candidates for the vacant position of director of community development.
    The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department purchased a new set of hydraulic cutters and a new power unit. Half of the $7,500 for the equipment came from city funds, and the fire department paid the other half of the bill.
    Landreth Lumber & Home Center in Vandalia was sold to R.P. Lumber, the owner of lumber yards in a number of Central Illinois towns.