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  • 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.  

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 10, 2011

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This sailor was 20 years old when this picture was taken 56 years ago. He was born and reared in Bond and Fayette counties. He worked as a barber in Vandalia, but now lives in Northern Illinois.
    Do you know him? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • The Way We Were-Feb. 3, 2011

    15 Years Ago

    1996 – Kevin Kaegy, president of the Bond County Historical Society, was the guest speaker for the Lincoln’s Birthday program at the Vandalia Statehouse.
    Five members of the Vandalia Community High School wrestling team earned the right to compete in the state wrestling tournament. Advancing were Todd Hale, David Graumenz, Nathan Graumenz, Mike Mabry and Jeremy Durbin.
    Former Vandalia residents Ray and Beatrice Davis were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

  • Banks of the Okaw-Feb. 3, 2011

    In last week’s Mystery Banks Photo were: Rick Wells and Greg Baumann.
    Identifying them were: Lester Swofford, Linda Moreland, Neil Henna and Peggy Hunt.
    This week’s Scrambler: ew nelar morf cripeenexe ahtt emn verne laner romf reepixceen.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Being Rich is having money; being wealthy is having time.