Today's Opinions

  • The Wakefields loved life on the frontier

    In my column last week, you learned of John Allen Wakefield, the first white settler of Otego Township. In that story,  there were Indians, wars, log homes and Abraham Lincoln.
    In this story of the second half of John Wakefield’s life, there are more Indians, vigilantes and late-night raids with a Lewis & Clark connection thrown in.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – The flu bug caused absenteeisms to climb at Fayette County schools.
    Vandalia wrestlers took second in the regional tournament at Cumberland. Seven qualified for sectionals, including Tim Wollin, who upped his record to 30-0. Others advancing were Gary Graumenz, Jamie Wehrle, John Wehrle, Heath Sheraden, John Durbin  and Chad Dunaway.

    30 Years Ago

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young lady grew up  in the Vandalia area and lived here all her life.

  • Attend the forum

    Still trying to sort out the crowded primary election race for Fayette County Sheriff? Need to know more about the candidates' before you step into the voting booth on March 18? Help is on the way.
    Two weeks from today – on Thursday, Feb. 27 – The Leader-Union, in cooperation with WPMB/WKRV radio and the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, will host a candidates' forum for the four candidates for sheriff and the three candidates for county clerk.
    It will be a time to hear those candidates outline their credentials and demonstrate their abilities.

  • VCHS wrestlers riding wave of school tradition

    The single-word headline on today’s sports page says it all: “Tradition.”
    Webster’s Dictionary defines the word as: “A long-established custom or practice that has the effect of an unwritten law…a story, belief or custom handed down from generation to generation.”

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, shown about 75 years ago, was a lifelong farmer on the same farm he was born on in the western part of Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1989 – Patoka’s basketball team came up with a giant victory, beating Lebanon 76-73 in the Flora Shootout. Chad Mansker scored 26 points and earned MVP honors for the Warriors.
    Lisa Luster was crowned queen and Darren Rhodes king of the Brownstown Community High School homecoming.
    Beth Blankenship was named Mulberry Grove High School homecoming queen, while Sara Beth Murfin was named Patoka High School homecoming queen.
    John Baird retired from the St. Elmo post office after a 30-year postal career.

  • The Wakefields were first Otego settlers

    John Allen Wakefield is credited with being the first white man to live in what is now Otego Township in Fayette County.  In 1824, Wakefield and young wife, Eliza, built a log home near the Vincennes Trace in Section 17 and opened it to travelers. This house was the first to be built in the township.