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  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Bill Payne and Kendall Ray were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Patoka Class of 1989.
    Voters in the LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma school districts approved the consolidation of their districts by a 3-1 margin.
    Ed Hightower, a collegiate referee and school administrator from East Alton, was speaker at the VCHS athletic banquet.

  • KC to dedicate veterans memorial

    June 6, 1944, is D-Day – the day on which the Allied forces began the invasion of France during World War II.
    Now, 70 years later – on Friday, June 6, 2014 – a new Veterans Tribute Memorial will be dedicated at Kaskaskia College in Centralia.

  • A salute to the area women who served

    In my last column, I shared the history of the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home from the “War Stories” book.

  • Work plan may teach a lesson

    Every time we pass by the Little Red Caboose in downtown Vandalia, we're reminded of the senseless act of vandalism that has marred that aging landmark.
    Several months ago, two juveniles broke into the caboose and did their best to destroy it. In the process, they broke out nearly all the windows – which makes it an eyesore to the public and exposes the interior to the elements.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, shown more than six decades ago, grew up in the Vandalia area and was part of a family of eight. He has three daughters and spends his winters in Florida.

  • Applicants for award impressive

    I would like to commend the 10 students who applied for the 2014 Douglas R. Rames Character Award.
    My only wish is that all the readers of The Leader-Union could examine the contents of the applications, because they would undoubtedly applaud the students' efforts to enter the competition.
    They also would see that the quality of our young applicants is outstanding.
    Bravo to our dedicated Vandalia teachers!
    Phyllis J. Rames

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Vandalia’s post-prom casino night was attended by about 100 students.
    Queen and king of the VCHS prom were Melinda Sue Yarbrough and Gary Graumenz.
    Brownstown Junior High School eighth grade boys track team tied with Peoria Pleasant Valley for the state title. Curtis Schwarm had two seconds and a third, and was a member of the second-place relay team.
    Teachers retiring from the Vandalia District included Ellen Black, Jessie Mae Halbrook, Elizabeth Molett, Marjorie Blythe May, Melvin Donnelley and Eli Hefron.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady, pictured about 60 years ago, was born in Vandalia. She now travels extensively to foreign countries, and followed her grandfather in ministry work.