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Columns

  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 – The Vandalia City Council approved a pay hike of 3 percent for those city employees who are not covered by unions. Union employees in the public works and police departments received the same pay hikes through union contracts. Those given pay increases by the council include workers in the city clerk’s office.
    The list of candidates for chief of police in Vandalia was narrowed from 32 to seven by city officials.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: This photo of a couple who will celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary on June 30 was taken 63 years ago.

  • The Potts story before moving here

    Many of the columns I write require several weeks of research before they are ready to be included in The Leader-Union.
    Other stories are more easily told. This story, about William Potts, is one of these.
    The Potts family settled in Illinois in about 1829, and although they made contributions to their adoptive state, it is the history of the family before coming to Illinois that is my subject today.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The story of Tom and Tillie Leigh

    Millie Meyerholz of Pana writes for a living, her columns appearing in the Pana News-Palladium.
    More than 35 years ago, Millie wrote a story that I thought was so interesting that I asked her for permission to reprint parts of it here.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    25 Years Ago

    1993 – A children’s activity area was added to the schedule for the Grande Levée. The area was sponsored by Baroque Folk, and was staffed by members of Vandalia Girl Scout Troop No. 381.
    Tonya Cox was valedictorian of the class of 1993 at Vandalia Community High School, and Arpad Walker was salutatorian.
    Tiffany Slater was valedictorian of the graduating class at Patoka High School, and Jennifer Britt was salutatorian.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: This resident of St. Elmo and graduate of Brownstown High School served a long tenure on the Fayette County Board, including a stint as its chairman.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Becks among the first to come here

    The log cabin pictured with this column stood for generations in the Wright’s Corner neighborhood, sheltering the Beck family from wind and rain.
    It has seen the birthing of babies and been at center stage as the old folks died and their funerals were held from the front room.
    This particular log house was built by Miles R. Beck in about 1875.  Beck, who was born on March 22, 1846, in Fayette County, was the son of Joseph and Lydia Bankson Beck.