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Columns

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: Two brothers, on each end, are pictured with their cousin.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Based on an ordinance, water rates for residents of Vandalia were increased by 7.01 percent and sewer rates were hiked by 1.48 percent.
    After hearing residents in the area of Sunset Drive and Fillmore Street voice complaints about speeders, the Vandalia City Council agreed to consider making the intersection of Sunset and Fillmore streets a four-way stop.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Obed Lovett improved farming

    Obed Edom Lovett, a prominent citizen of Wheatland Township, was one of those who earned space in the 1904 Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Fayette County.

  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1997 – Kelly McGinnis, a Greenville man charged with shooting up the office of Vandalia attorney Larry LeFevre, argued that because he will be in shackles for his trial, so should Fayette County State’s Attorney James Overholt.
    Vandalia Correctional Center adopted Kelley Park on West Main Street in Vandalia. The action meant that the VCC work camp would maintain the park.
    Ed Lebold of Vandalia was named chief of security at Vandalia Correctional Center.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Banks of the Okaw

    There is no photo this week.
    Last week's photo: Joyce Trexler.
    Identifying her were: Donna Hames, Ruth Ann Garrison, Mary White, Kay Jones, Penny Richards, Charles and Linda Townsend, Ruth Brackenbush, Donna Chrisman, Judy Ralston, Marietta Berryman, Vivian Schmid and Mary Cripe
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    Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.

  • The story of Illinois Central RR

    When the Illinois Central Railroad was projected, it far exceeded in magnitude any similar project ever attempted on this continent, with the exception of the National Road. Both of these momentous undertakings had at their heart Vandalia, Ill.

  • Revisiting the story of Tramel

    The story of Joe Trammel is one I have visited before in this column. Along with George Welsh and Jefferson Hastings, he was charged with the murder of an Oconee farmer by the name of Morris.

  • Vandalia Memories