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  • Banks of the Okaw-March 3, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young girl, pictured about 45 years ago, is the youngest of eight children. She now has two daughters and two granddaughters. She is a widow and has lived her entire life in Mulberry Grove.
    Do you know her? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.
    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Kenny Smith, Robert Smith and Karen Smith Little.
    Identifying them was:   Doris Young.

  • The Way We Were-March 3, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A Vandalia City Council committee was to gather facts and public input before acting on Mayor Rich Walker’s proposal to change the form of city government.
    Ten area residents served as waiters at an American Heart Association fund-raiser, “Celebrity Celebration for Heart” at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. The event raised $3,172 for the heart association.

  • Morale soared with 'Captain Sam'

    Capt. Sam Houston was an honored member of Co. I, Fourth Infantry, of the Illinois National Guard, joining the unit in 1898 at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war.
    Lest I confuse someone, I’m talking about a golden eagle who served as the mascot for Fayette County’s local National Guard company.
    According to Major E.P. Clayton, one of the commanders of Co. I, “Captain Sam” was captured four miles south of Vandalia by Frank Williams in April 1898 and sold to Martin F. Houston.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 24, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings were born and reared in Fayette County and graduated from Vandalia Community High School. The two brothers live around Vandalia, and their sister lives in a Southern state.

  • The Way We Were-Feb. 24, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Mayor Rich Walker reported that the project to extend sewer lines to the city’s western Interstate 70 interchange was nearing completion.
    South Central was knocked out of postseason play with a 79-55 loss to Freeburg at the Vandalia Sectional Tournament.
    During a meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, 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.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 17, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo was: Maurice Whitford.
    Identifying him was: Mary Cripe.
    This week’s Scrambler:  lewl-drimare, a amn si degniw; lli chetdam, eh si dleksach.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. (Bertrand Russell)

  • The Way We Were-Feb. 17, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – A big crowd turned out on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 25, to welcome home the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team, the new state champions in Class A.
    South Central won the Class A Regional Tournament in St. Elmo, defeating Patoka, 80-55, in the championship game.
    Judge Harold Pennock III of Centralia took under advisement a request for a new trial for Stuart Heaton of Bluff City. Heaton was convicted the year before of murdering 16-year-old Krystal Lynn Naab of rural Ramsey.

  • Lincoln is only president to hold a patent

    I learned something new about President Abraham Lincoln last week while reading the “Historical Sketch” section of the Mt. Pulaski Times. President Lincoln held a patent.
    He gave his invention the title, “A Device For Buoying Vessels Over Shoals,” for which he received Patent No. 6,469. It was recorded on May 22, 1849, in the U.S. Patent Office.

  • Who's the best?

    Included in today’s Leader-Union is a ballot that lets you vote. But this vote does not deal with politicians or political issues.

    Instead, it is a ballot that allows you to cast a vote for your favorite business or product in a wide range of categories.
    It’s called The Leader-Union’s Readers’ Choice contest. And, as the name implies, we want you – the readers – to let us know who gets your vote.

  • The Way We Were-Feb. 10, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – The demolition of a building on Ill. Route 185, which formerly housed the county nursing home and FAYCO Enterprises, was under way.
    Former pro football player Roger Craig was offering a $20,000 reward for information about a hit-and-run accident in Fayette County which resulted in the death of his sister.
    Jeremy Durbin of Vandalia Community High School took third place in the 189-pound class at the State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign.