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Columns

  • 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
  • Early settlers in Fayette County

    Fayette County was a veritable wilderness when white man first entered her dense forests and bewildering prairies.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1998 – Mayor Sandra Leidner presented to the city council a proposed restructuring of the Vandalia Tourism Council.
    Vandalia Community High School senior Marc Sikma signed a letter of intent to play football at McKendree College in Lebanon.
    The Vandalia City Council approved the purchase of three lots in the 300 block of South First Street. Mayor Sandra Leidner said she would like to see that area developed into historical park.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photos: These "four good ol' tater-eatin country boys" grew up in Hagarstown.