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Columns

  • Sutherland gets to know MLK, Foxx

    With the commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King this week, I remembered reading of a Fayette County connection to this early leader in the civil rights movement.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – At its annual banquet, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce presented Abe Awards to Paul Zeman and “Beeb” and Billye Staff.
    Raymond and Betty Reiss of St. Peter celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    25 Years Ago

    1991 – Hundreds of people attended a patriotic rally Saturday night in the South Central High School gym in Farina in support of local servicemen in the Middle East.
    If approved, Vandalia was to receive $75,000 in federal funds for work on Coles Street.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: This woman grew up in the Ramsey area in a family of seven girls and two boys.

  • Gazetteer gives some county history

    Am I the only one who bought himself or herself a Christmas present this year?  

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: eoprw si eht ertsaget ichoirdapsa..
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Opportunity is your most perishable resource.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo:
    Norm Koerner.
    No one identified him.
    This week’s Scrambler: upotnryipto si ryou sotm aihepbrels useorcre.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week’s Scrambler: Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Seniors Clint Flowers and Jani Torrence were crowned Homecoming king and queen at Patoka High School.
    The city of Vandalia was gathering information about downtown buildings to use for such things as recruiting tenants for vacant buildings and firefighting preplanning.
    Dana Adermann, the 1995 Miss Fayette County Fair queen, was representing the county at the Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant in Springfield.

  • We have Jake to thank for turkeys

    My son called me to the window a couple of weeks ago when, not 20 feet away, walked a wild hen turkey. The bird paused as though to give us plenty of time to run for a camera. Not knowing much about turkey habit, I wondered if this bird was a lookout for a larger flock.
    Ethan and I waited for what seemed a long time before the hen continued her trek. As soon as she was out of site, first one baby and then two more hurriedly followed her.