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Columns

  • The story of the federal operation

    The stillness of the early morning was shattered by the ringing of the telephone on the bedside table, and my former father-in-law’s day was about to be ruined. It was 7:15 in the morning, and the caller asked Bob to come to the door.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – The Fayette County Board looked over the final plans for a courthouse renovation and addition project, and voted 10-3-1 to proceed with the project.
    A group-breaking ceremony was held in St. Elmo for Deken Sports Park. The complex will include a baseball diamond, softball diamond, two basketball courts, a jogging/walking path, a children’s play area and four picnic pavilions.
    Earl and Helen Shelton were celebrating their 60th anniversary, and Forrest and Elva Johnson were marking their golden anniversary.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – An evening house fire in Vernon claimed the lives of Elzy and Pauline Gehrken.
    Brownstown Superintendent of Schools Jeanne Jones reported that the district needed to take on a construction project to ease overcrowding at the elementary school. The district filed an application for state funds to help with the project.
    The Vandalia City Council approved an ordinance allowing for massage therapy and tanning parlors in the city.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    There was no photo last week.
    This week’s Scrambler: ibaiytl liwl enrve tachc pu tiwh eht mednda rof ti.
    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.

  • Picking Vandalia as the capital

    Seated around the fire inside the inn at Carlyle, the commissioners, having spent several days traversing the forest after leaving Kaskaskia, were resting from the efforts of the day.
    In the group were four of the five legislators elected on March 30 to act as commissioners to locate the site to serve as state capitol for 20 years.
    In the group were William C. Greenup, Beal Greenup, Thomas Cox, Levi Compton and William Alexander.  

  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Ray, Steve and Jim Sapp.
    Identifying them were: Sherry Dunahee, Kevin and Rita Guthrie Don Haslett, Penny Richards, Samantha Hawk and Brad Ledbetter.
    This week’s Scrambler: eicepnerxe si eht aemn yreoevne eisvg ot sih aisemskt.
     Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.
    Last week's Scrambler: Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than being able to decide.

  • Vandalia Memories